Terlaje declines governor’s invitation but will help with Davis appeal

Two bills sponsored by Senator Therese Terlaje, which passed during the emergency session, provide the Governor with tools and flexibility to rapidly respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Therese Terlaje has turned down Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero’s invitation to become one of Guam’s lead attorneys in the appeal of the Dave Davis case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a special address last night, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero announced that she will appeal the controversial Dave Davis case to the U.S. Supreme Court and has chosen Terlaje and lawyer Mike Phillips to represent Guam.

But in a statement this morning, Terlaje said that unfortunately, she cannot be fully committed to the Davis appeal and be a working senator at the same time.

“I am a Senator for the people of Guam and cannot be a lead attorney, but I will assist the Governor, the AG, and Attorney Phillips in any way possible in moving forward with this historic appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Terlaje who is a lawyer by profession.

Terlaje also thanked the governor for her decision to appeal, “for standing for what she believes in,” and for providing the resources to achieve a successful appeal on such short notice.

She said Special AG Julian Aguon and Deputy AG Orcutt have already laid a “brilliant” foundation in the case and she described the new AG, deputy AGs, Special AG Aguon, and Attorney Mike Phillips as “great” legal minds.

“I am confident they will do everything possible to preserve our rights at this point,” Terlaje said.

She added: “This plebiscite law is just one part of a decades-long, multi-pronged strategy that Guam must pursue simultaneously with critical negotiations with the U.S. and seeking support at the U.N. We must all work together.”