May 1, 2014
The charges against Fitial included: one count of solicitation of escape, five counts of misconduct in public office, one count of conspiracy to commit escape, one count of use of public position to obtain benefits for business or social acquaintances, one count of conspiracy to commit theft of services, and one count of theft of services.
Fitial made a brief court appearance on April 30. According to the press, Fitial found the support from friends who greeted him at the court house "very touching".
Fitial is out on bail. He put up a $50,000 property bond and a $50,000 appearance bond. How much did his unethical antics cost the people of the CNMI?
Associate Judge David Wiseman ruled that the defendant could not leave Saipan without being granted permission by the court. The judge granted permission for Fitial to travel to on May 5 to the Philippines to receive medical treatment.
How many other CNMI criminals have been allowed to freely travel for medical treatment? Most likely any other "sick" defendant would have to receive any treatment at the Commonwealth Medical Center.
It was also disclosed that Fitial will be attending his son's graduation in California on May 16th. How many CNMI defendants are given the opportunity to attend family events rather than remain in custody or at least be restricted to remaining in the CNMI?
Fitial's attorney, Stephen Nutting is asking that the charges be dismissed.