Mark Torre Jr.’s attorney Jay Arriola does not agree with the Superior Court’s position that a Supreme Court of Guam administrative order has suspended all jury trials.
Addressing Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas, Arriola went on the record to object to the ruling.
“This case has been proceeding with speedy trial commencing January according to the Supreme Court and we would object to further continuances and violation of the speedy trial act,” Arriola said.
Arriola objected to the Superior Court’s order and the Supreme Court’s order, “Which purports to suspend the Speedy Trial Act on Guam … and we want to make it very clear that in noway cape or form do we concede.”
It has been a couple of months since testimony was heard in the case or updates from the jurors were provided, Arriola says, adding that steps should be made on the record.
He then took it a step further, challenging the Supreme Court’s authority “to control” the calendar of the Superior Court. Arriola said the Supreme Court doesn’t have that right under its constitutional and organic act parameters.
Arriola also argued that the Supreme Court does not have the power to suspend the speedy trial act on its own without legislative authority. He says that is under the purview of the Legislature and without the legislature having acted, Torre’s right to a speedy trial continues to be violated.
Judge Barcinas, in response, has continued the hearing to October 22nd.