Former CNMI Attorney General Posts $50,000 Bail

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Buckingham faces order to appear in court on March 18

By Andrew O. De Guzman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Feb. 28, 2013) – Former Northern Marianas Attorney General Edward T. Buckingham has posted a $50,000 bail through a check submitted by his defense counsel to Superior Court yesterday.

At 1:49 p.m., Wednesday, the court ordered Buckingham to appear for a hearing on March 18, 2013.

"The defendant’s failure to appear at the hearing…will result in a bench warrant being issued and forfeiture of the bail posted," according to the clerk of court’s one-page order.

Variety failed to get a comment from Buckingham’s counsel, Brien Sers Nicholas

On Aug. 6, 2012, Judge David A. Wiseman issued a $50,000 bench warrant against Buckingham for failure to personally appear for his arraignment on the same day.

Buckingham hastily left Saipan on Aug. 4, 2012, several hours after the Office of Public Auditor filed charges against him.

Before he could leave, the Federal Bureau of Investigation served him with a penal summons at the Saipan airport where Buckingham was guarded by Department of Public Safety and Commonwealth Port Authority police officials.

Citing the former AG’s "open and flagrant violation of a court order," Wiseman issued a bench warrant against Buckingham, and declared him a fugitive from justice.

Office of Public Auditor legal counsel George Hasselback charged Buckingham with one count of the use of public supplies, services, time and personnel for campaign activities; one count of the use of the name of a government department or agency to campaign and/or express support for a candidate running for public office; two counts of misconduct in public office, one count of failure to produce documents or information; one count of obstructing justice for interference with service of process, and misconduct in public office.

Buckingham has denied any wrongdoing, saying he is ready to face the charges against him. He remains in the U.S.

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