Mark Torre Jr. elevates case to Guam Supreme Court

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

Mark Torre Jr. has taken his case to the Supreme Court of Guam, asking the higher court to overturn a decision by Judge Arthur Barcinas and dismiss his case with prejudice.

The argument by the defense remains the same — that Mark Torre Jr.’s right to a speedy trial was violated with no good cause.

Defense attorney Jay Arriola has taken this argument to the Supreme Court of Guam after Superior Court Judge Arthur Barcinas denied the motion to dismiss. He is now asking the Supreme Court to vacate Judge Barcinas’ order and decision and ultimately dismiss the amended indictment against his client with prejudice.

In the writ of mandamus, Arriola argues that the Superior Court of Guam failed to address Torre’s pre-trial motions in a timely manner, further failing to assign the matter to a judge who could see the matter through conclusion and failed to take steps to avoid foreseeable delays.

The delays include the imminent resignation of Judge Michael Bordallo and the absence of some judges who attended a three-day judicial conference in Saipan.

Arriola believes that the case has been pending on remand for 222 days pointing out that Torre asserted his right to a speedy trial on October 1, 2019, and should have gone to trial on Dec. 1.

He states that this case presents one of the most egregious violations of a defendant’s speedy trial rights and asks the high court to resolve the violation by granting dismissal with prejudice.

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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.