Saipan – Two more charges against former attorney general Edward T. Buckingham was dismissed by Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo last Friday.
In a 21-page order, Govendo granted Buckingham’s motion to dismiss the charge of obstructing justice by interfering with the service of process and the charge of misconduct in office.
Both charges are based on the same alleged act: that Buckingham, being aware that a penal summons was issued against him, engaged “in a course of conduct intended to deceive, resist and/or otherwise prevent” the effectuation of service upon him.
Govendo ruled that having found that the penal summons was invalid, the court need not address the issue of whether a physical threat or physical resistance is required under Commonwealth law.
The bench trial of Buckingham will start on Feb. 10.