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Supreme Court panel to hear writ request

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - The Guam Supreme Court held a status hearing today in the Democratic gubernatorial team of former Governor Carl Gutierrez and Senator Frank Aguon, Jr.'s writ of mandamus request filed late Tuesday evening challenging the validity of the results of the 2010 General Election. Chief Justice Robert Torres, Associate Justice Katherine Maraman and CNMI Justice Miguel Demapan are set to hear the case on Thursday at 4pm. 

Justice Torres and Justice Maraman briefly discussed potential conflicts of interest, but nothing was deemed significant enough for their removal from the case.  The hearing was scheduled for tomorrow to allow Justice Demapan to be brought to the island from Saipan to hear the matter.

Gutierrez and Aguon have asked the Guam Supreme Court to declare the actions of the GEC board null and void as they contend that all seven members of the GEC board were unlawfully appointed to their positions.

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