Judge issues gag order on PNC News in DOC conspiracy case

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Guam – Last night we aired a story related to the Departments of Corrections contraband conspiracy ring case involving DOC officers, inmates and those with relations to inmates.

However, we were informed that the court has issued a gag order, prohibiting PNC from further publishing details we obtained in court documents.

The story we aired was the first segment in a three-part series that focused on information obtained in the grand jury transcripts which allegedly warranted the charges against the 13 individuals named in the indictment.

Today, Superior Court Spokesperson Shawn Gumataotao informed PNC that a gag order was issued on our agency by Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola in a hearing that PNC News was not aware of and subsequently did not attend.

As of news time, we have yet to be served with the gag order. Although Gumataotao claims the gag order was orally made, PNC was not present to listen to the judge’s gag order.

PNC has tried to get in touch with the judge’s chambers to verify if the gag order was indeed issued, but we were not able to make contact.

In the spirit of cooperation, however, PNC has chosen not to publish part two of the this three-part series at this time until we have more information regarding the gag order.

 

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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.