Fisher seeks judicial intervention in Tenorio’s FOIA request


Guam – Attorney Tom Fisher has taken the Guam Police Department to court, seeking to compel the agency’s compliance with former lieutenant governor Ray Tenorio’s Freedom of Information Act request relative to his gun-grabbing case.

Fisher has petitioned for a writ of mandamus following acting Police Chief Steve Ignacio’s refusal to provide documents related to the procedures and protocols officers follow in securing and holstering their weapon.

In a letter to Fisher, Ignacio cited a section of the Guam Sunshine Reform act as the basis for his refusal, which states, “Investigation techniques which if exposed, would threaten the safety of law enforcement officials and/or threaten the integrity of the investigation.”

But Fisher argued that his client’s FOIA request involved public documents that should be made available to the public upon request. In a declaration to court, Fisher said the basis for the denial is “in-apposite and irrelevant, as such it is arbitrary capricious and wrongful.”

The request for court intervention was submitted on Thursday.

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Jolene Toves
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.