Court will continue to deliberate on Ikei family quarantine case

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Superior Court Judge Elyze Iriarte has made a ruling in the case involving the quarantine of the Ikei family, despite the government arguing that the case is moot.

The court will continue to deliberate on the Ikei family’s claims concerning the government’s decision to use government quarantine in its attempts to contain COVID-19. This despite the government’s argument that the case is moot because the Ikei family was transferred to home isolation and home quarantine and are not likely to be subject to quarantine in the future.

Iriarte says those aren’t the only factors to consider. Iriarte said the duration of the challenged action is to short to be fully litigated, pointing out that 4 days could pass before the court hears a case, and there are hundreds of cases at present.

Beyond the factor of duration, there is also the public interest exception.

“Without a doubt, the continued government quarantine of incoming passengers is important to the public issue that does not end when public health releases the Ikeis,” the judge said.

She added that it’s important for the public to understand their rights under quarantine.

“This court has appointed counsel for them the minute they stepped off the plane. In addition, at the consolidated hearings, we continue to hear from attorneys whose clients in a government quarantine seek early release or transfer home for a variety of reasons. The public deserves an adjudication on whether the government quarantine is reasonably necessary and the least restrictive means as this issue will continue to occur,” the judge stated.

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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.