January 31, 2014
Over the last month Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth Govendo has thrown out four of the twelve charges that were filed against ex-CNMI Attorney General Buckingham.
On January 21, 2014 Judge Govendo dismissed with prejudice two charges of misconduct while in public office at the request of the Office of the Public Auditor's legal counsel George Hasselback. The charges related to the ex-AG's signing of the sole-source CUC power plant contract with Saipan Development, LLC.
The latest 2 charges that were thrown yesterday out relate to Buckingham's evading being served a penal summons. Judge Govendo stated that the penal summons was invalid because it was signed by a clerk of court rather than by a judge.
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