JUDGE ISSUES RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST GUAM AG, WIFE

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By Theresa Merto

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Aug. 9) - A Superior
Court of Guam judge yesterday issued mutual restraining orders prohibiting
Attorney General Douglas Moylan and his estranged wife from approaching each
other.

Since Tuesday, Douglas and Deborah Moylan have been in court
explaining why the temporary restraining orders against him and his estranged
wife, Deborah Moylan, should not be made permanent.

Judge Joaquin Manibusan yesterday issued mutual restraining
orders and said he will not make a finding of fault of either party. He
instructed the parties not to "annoy, harass or harm" the other.

"You know better," he told Deborah and Douglas Moylan
in court. "You know how to behave."

The attorney general has been required to turn in his firearms
to the Superior Court marshals office or to his counsel Tom Fisher. But
Manibusan said that Douglas Moylan will be permitted to have a firearm in the
evening while he is at home, and that a marshal will deliver it to him.

Manibusan said Douglas Moylan is a public figure and is
"subject to threats."

On July 22, Deborah Moylan filed for divorce from Douglas Moylan
and asked the court for a temporary restraining order after she alleged her
husband abused her. Douglas Moylan denied the accusations and said it was
Deborah Moylan who had attacked him during the Liberation Day weekend. He had
also asked for a restraining order against her, according to Pacific Daily News
files.

During the hearing on the restraining orders, several people
were called on the stand to testify including Douglas Moylan's ex-wife and one
of his children. Deborah and Douglas Moylan has also testified and accused each
other of abuse during their marriage.

Douglas Moylan yesterday said he does not believe the
restraining order will affect his office or his ability to be the attorney
general.

"Our office has been moving forward," Douglas Moylan
said. "This position that I am in is bigger than any one person and I will
continue fulfilling my promises to the island community."

Deborah Moylan's attorney David Mair yesterday said his client
had two objectives in the court hearing: she wanted the parties mutually
restrained from approaching each other and she did not want either party to be
able to carry firearms in public.

"The court has issued a decision consistent with her
requests," Mair said.

Douglas Moylan said he, too, is pleased with the decision but
said it has been a very difficult time for him and his children.

"The allegations that were made were untrue and the court
even considering their allegations made no finding of any wrongdoing on my
part," Douglas Moylan said.

A scheduling conference for the Moylans' divorce case is set for
Aug. 11 before Manibusan.

August 11, 2003

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