Legal counsels in the case involving the GHURA conspiracy case will have a little more time to prepare for opening statements as Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola granted a continuance of the trial.
The delay in the trial is a result of legal counsel Samuel Teker, who represents GHURA board member David Sablan, being ill.
While he was present in court this morning for continued jury selection, Teker told the court that he would not be able to make opening statements.
With no objections, the continuance was granted and opening statements that were slated for today were moved to Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, potential jurors in the case were polled this morning at the request of Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallen who indicated that a media report was released over the weekend relative to the case.
Because the case has been highly publicized, O’Mallen wanted to ensure that no jurors were exposed to the reports involving the case.