by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Legislature's Ethics Committee gave the Guam Police Department until 5pm today to submit any and all records related to the arrest or conviction of Senator Matt Rector. Committee chair Senator Judi Guthertz says the panel issued the subpoena in an effort to get to the bottom of any past criminal or felonious action that may have occurred.
Guthertz adds it will help the committee execute the complaint filed by Eloy Hara, saying, "We of course regret having to subpoena records, but if this is the process that is required in order to get to the bottom of this then we have to do so."
The subpoena states that failure to comply may result in the finding of legislative contempt punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment. However, GPD Spokesperson Officer Allan Guzman says the document should go through the steps to make its way to the ethics attorney.
"The records being subpoenaed will be provided or maybe already has been provided. All the documents that dealt with Senator Matt Rector is possibly already at the Attorney General's Office. They are the individuals you need to talk to in regards to what's going on from her on," he said.
The Guam Attorney General's Office says it is still actively reviewing the matter involving rector. Spokesperson Eric Palacios says they have received some documents, but that they're still waiting for others that have been requested.
In the meantime, the Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet next week Thursday on January 21 at noon to discuss the attorney's preliminary findings on Hara's complaint.
Just before 6pm, Senator Guthertz confirmed that GPD did comply with the subpoena. She would not discuss the details of the documents submitted, only saying that it will assist with the panel's investigation.