by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Painfully aware of the economic hardships the island and nation are currently facing, Attorney General Leonardo Rapadas and his deputies appeared before lawmakers this afternoon with one resounding message: increase funding for the agency. Rapadas warned that without additional funding, the AG's Office will have no choice but to stop critical services for the public.
With only 15 prosecutors, Rapadas says the case load continues to grow. The Department of Law is seeking an additional $8 million for the coming fiscal year, with the AG noting, "We currently have fourteen outstanding GG1s, five of which are for attorney positions. I believe the APASI was also included in that."
The AG's Office current budget is $10.6 million and the department is requesting $18 million.