Remaining charges in GHURA case dropped

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After two years of adjudication, the Attorney General’s Office has filed a notice to dismiss the GHURA conspiracy case involving the open government law and alleged official misconduct of the agency’s executives.

The notice to file the dismissal comes after a six-panel jury found former GHURA board chairman David Sablan, board members Cecile Suda and Roland Selvige not guilty, acquitting them of the charges.

But they were not the only ones implicated in the case. John Ilao and Deanne Torre’s cases were severed from the others.

Chief Prosecutor Basil O’Mallen, in the notice says, the government has reassessed the strength of the case and believes it’s in the best interest of justice to dismiss the case.

Torre’s attorney, Jay Arriola, says: “We are grateful that the AG finally dismissed the case. This should have been dismissed long, long ago. Two lawyers advised the board that their actions were legal.”

He added: “The government owes them an apology. Together with the expungement that comes along with the dismissal.”

Former GHURA Executive Director Michael Duenas, who was also implicated, pleaded guilty to official misconduct as a misdemeanor last year.

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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.