Clerk of Court testifies as Torre Jr. alleges Judiciary contributed to trial delay

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Atty. Jay Arriola, right, argued that a general jurisdiction judge was not re-assigned the case as authorized by statute.

Things got heated as the Clerk of Court Friday on the witness stand to testify towards the Judiciary of Guam’s efforts to re-assign the Mark Torre Jr. case following Judge Michael Bordallo’s resignation.

The Judiciary of Guam fought a losing battle in attempting to keep the Clerk of Court Danielle Rosette off the witness stand, stating that Arriola was on a “fishing expedition” and Rosette was the fish.

Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas denied the JOG’s motion to quash and allowed Rosette to take the stand in what the JOG’s counsel called a “badgering” of the clerk.

Arriola questioned Rosette about the court’s calendar, the memo issued by Judge Bordallo and the JOG trial court calendar — all in an effort to prove that the Judiciary of Guam contributed to the delay of trial, specifically by not assigning a general jurisdiction judge to the case until Jan. 22.

This task, Rosette stated in court, was the duty of the presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena. Arriola pointed out that a general jurisdiction judge was not re-assigned the case as authorized by statute. He offers this as evidence for Judge Barcinas to consider in determining whether to grant or dismiss Torre’s motion to dismiss for violations of the speedy trial act.

Judge Barcinas has taken the matter under advisement.

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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.