Guam – Attorney Anita Arriola has filed a motion to disqualify the Guam Attorney General’s Office from defending 2 Guam Police Officers from a civil rights lawsuit brought against them by prominent island businessman James Adkins.
Adkins lawsuit stems from an incident on October 4th of 2009 when he was arrested after he used his cell phone to take photographs of a car accident in his Tamuning neighborhood. He was arrested by Officers D.B. Anciano and Serafino Artui.
The 2 officers at the scene, D.B.Anciano and Serafino Arturi, told him to stop, get out of his car and they demanded his cell phone. When Adkins refused, he was handcuffed, booked , fingerprinted, and photographed and finally released after being detained and imprisoned for about four hours.
The Attorney General’s Office has been defending the officers in the case.
The motion to disqualify was filed in District Court yesterday [Tuesday].
In it Arriola argues that Assistant AG Robert Weinberg “is a necessary witness in the case.” And she writes that “the AG’s multiple representation of all of the co-defendants in this case represents a concurrent conflict of interest.”