by Nick Delgado
Guam - Senator Rory Respicio has sent a letter of concern to Acting Attorney General John Weisenberger regarding what he believes are politically-motivated prosecutions. The senator wrote a similar letter earlier this month to former AG Alicia Limtiaco following the dismissal of the case against former governor Carl Gutierrez and former GovGuam Retirement Fund Director John Rios.
Respicio's letter states that the AG's Office has been prosecuting cases that have no legal basis, "I have been concerned for some time that political motivations, instead of the need for justice, have been behind the trials of some of our citizens. Prior to the former attorney general's departure, I asked for an impartial look at these cases." Respicio says the public deserves to know just how much of the people's time and money as well as judicial resources have been wasted in pursuing cases based solely on politics.
He says the concerns have yet to be addressed and is calling upon the new AG to end this chain of events, and end the office culture that allows the use of prosecution discretion to fabricate cases against those of a particular political party.