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Ethics Committee details Hara complaint findings

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - The Legislative Ethics Committee released the preliminary findings of the complaint filed by Eloy Hara against Senator Matt Rector Wednesday evening. The committee's legal counsel attorney Anthony Camacho addressed the complaint which was filed on December 17, 2009 into five separate issues.

The first issue is whether Rector violated the Ethics Code of the Guam Legislature by failing to disclose his prior criminal conviction to the Guam Election Commission when he applied to be a senatorial candidate for the 2008 Election. Attorney Camacho stated that if true, then Rector might be in violation of the Ethics Code as members of the Legislature are required to uphold the Organic Act of Guam and obey the laws of Guam.

The second issue is whether Rector violated the Ethics Code by failing to disclose his prior criminal conviction when he applied for a concealed firearms permit with the Guam Police Department. Camacho states that Rector would be in violation if found to be true as any person knowingly giving false information or false evidence in their application for a GPD firearm identification card will be guilty of unsworn falsification.

The third issue is whether Rector's criminal conviction constitutes as a crime involving moral turpitude. Camacho states that assuming Rector was convicted of burglary, such crime would be a crime involving moral turpitude. Rector admitted to his 1983 burglary conviction on his Facebook page where he admitted to entering into a nearby Mall while it was closed. While Rector said he immediately thought it was a stupid idea and left, Camacho states that a person commits the crime of burglary if he enters a building and has the intent to commit petit or grand larceny or another felony.

The fourth issue is whether Rector violated the Ethics Code by renting his legislative office space from the Guam Federation of Teachers Union while he is the Union President and is receiving a Union salary. Camacho states that if true, it would be a violation. The issue is also part of a conflict of interest complaint filed by Port Board Chairperson Monte Mesa.

The fifth and final issue is whether Rector violated the Ethics Code by simultaneously serving as a member of the 30th guam Legislature. This issue is also being reviewed in the Mesa complaint. Camacho states that if true, the issue does not by itself violate the Ethics Code.

The committee meanwhile is scheduled to hear and decide on these findings on Friday at 9:30am.

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