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Published on Aug 7, 2012
The CNMI AG was served a criminal summons as he was trying to flee the CNMI in the early hours of August 4, 2012.
In an incident reminiscent of Massage-Gate ( http://unheardnomore.blogspot.com/201... ), the Attorney General made an effort to evade a criminal summons with an armed escort of CNMI's highest ranking law enforcement officers. The Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Ambrosio Ogumoro, the Chief of the Ports Police, Jordan Lee Kosam, the Governor's Bodyguard/Driver, Jermaine W. Nekaifes, the Ports Police Chief Captain, and numerous officers all escorted Ag Buckingham to the Saipan International Airport with the intent to help him escape the CNMI without being served a penal summons.
The AG knew about the summons over 12 hours earlier and had decided to ignore the summons, evade it and fly out of town.
Office of the Public Auditor investigators followed Buckingham to the Airport and requested the help of the CNMI Ports Police to serve Buckingham the penal summons. They declined the request and instead helped him attempt to flee, by guarding his exit and even carrying his baggage.
Thankfully for the CNMI, OPA investigators called in the FBI who showed up, took the summons, encountered some resistance, yet managed to physically and personally serve the fleeing Buckingham just minutes before his plane took off. This ended an over 11 hour ordeal.
CNMI Attorney General Ed Buckingham failed to appear in court as summoned and has been hit with a bench warrant for his arrest.
He is said to be in California. He is required by law to turn himself over to the CNMI authorities as soon as possible. He has broken the law by failing to show in court and that wrongdoing has led to an arrest warrant.
Video is from the KSPN2 August 7, 2012 6PM newscast.