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.