GHURA conspiracy trial delayed

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Day three of trial in the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) conspiracy case has been delayed due to legal counsel being ill.

While the trial was delayed, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola did address a pending motion to dismiss a charge against former GHURA Chairman David Sablan whose legal counsel Samuel Teker was not present in court.

The case against Sablan and co-defendants Cecile Suda and Ronald Selvidge centers around secret meetings held to determine who would be awarded the low-income housing tax credit contract.

Judge Sukola said: “We do have a motion that is pending. A motion in limine that was filed by Teker. Normally the court would wait to hear this motion filed by Mr. Teker for dismissal of Mr Sablan’s fourth charge. Notwithstanding, Mr O’Mallen filed a non-opposition filed by your office this morning is that correct? (O’Mallen) that’s correct. And you do not have any objection to dismissing the fourth charge against Mr. Sablan?”

The fourth charge in the indictment, according to Sukola, is for: “Open government attending a secret meeting, public agency where action was taken in violation of reporting requirements for boards and commissions.”

With no opposition by the government, Sukola granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice. This means that Sablan cannot be charged with this offense for the case again.

Trial will continue on Monday at 8:30 a.m.

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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.