More delays in Blue House prostitution case - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

More delays in Blue House prostitution case

Posted: Updated:

by Mindy Aguon

Guam - Just as the superior court is preparing to set the Blue House prostitution case for trial, more delays to report in the case. Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola today addressed an issue raised by former Blue House Lounge owner Song Ja Cha's attorney Randy Cunliffe during a previous hearing.

As we reported Cunliffe argued that the case needed to be presented to the grand jury again as he contends the trial court lacked jurisdiction to receive the grand jury return of the third superceding indictment.  Judge Sukola however noted that while trial court's are normally divested over matters being appealed, there are certain exceptions.

"This court is of the opinion based on it research that I just did and the court will be issuing a written order that the Magistrate Judge, Tolentino, was correct in hearing the arraignment on a limited basis. I conclude that that court the magistrate court, did have jurisdiction to arraign the defendant on a superceding indictment," her honor said.

Cunliffe is currently involved in a trial and Attorney Jeff Moots informed the court that the firm will be moving to withdraw from representing Cha in the case as one of the witnesses is the firm's former client. "It's very concerning, Mr. Moots, because you've had this witness list since December of last year. And now you're telling me this on the eve of trial? Notwithstanding making oral motions I don't know if it's to delay. We'll come back Wednesday," said Judhe Suklola.

There are a total of 33 witnesses between the government and the defense and Judge Sukola indicated she will sit a jury of 12 people with six alternate jurors.

The withdrawal motion was filed this afternoon with the court. There are a total of 33 witnesses between the government and the defense and Judge Sukola indicated she will sit a jury of 12 people with six alternate jurors.

The pre-trial conference will continue on Wednesday morning.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Customs officers plan grievance against agency

    Customs officers plan grievance against agency

    Several Guam Customs and Quarantine officers will be filing a grievance against their employer. They will be seeking retroactive Hazardous Duty Pay dating back to December 15th, 2016. These officers are also GFT members who will be represented by GFT's Robert Koss. They argue Guam Customs Officers have yet to receive their retroactive hazardous pay despite the Hazardous pay being granted to all their Officers by law and re-certified as a hazardous position by Guam DOL-OSHA.More >>
    Several Guam Customs and Quarantine officers will be filing a grievance against their employer. They will be seeking retroactive Hazardous Duty Pay dating back to December 15th, 2016. These officers are also GFT members who will be represented by GFT's Robert Koss. They argue Guam Customs Officers have yet to receive their retroactive hazardous pay despite the Hazardous pay being granted to all their Officers by law and re-certified as a hazardous position by Guam DOL-OSHA.More >>
  • Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy holds book drive

    Miss Earth Guam Emma Mae Sheedy holds book drive

    She did it all For the love of books. Miss Earth Guam 2018 Emma Mae Sheedy held a book drive at UPI Elementary this week. For over one month, she collected more than 13 hundred lightly used books to help teach children the importance of reading and reusing. Emma also posting about her time with the youngsters on social media, stating, "The smiles on the students faces were unforgettable and remind me why I love being Miss Earth."More >>
    She did it all For the love of books. Miss Earth Guam 2018 Emma Mae Sheedy held a book drive at UPI Elementary this week. For over one month, she collected more than 13 hundred lightly used books to help teach children the importance of reading and reusing. Emma also posting about her time with the youngsters on social media, stating, "The smiles on the students faces were unforgettable and remind me why I love being Miss Earth."More >>
  • Utilities leaders detail increase to power rate

    Utilities leaders detail increase to power rate

    Valentine's Day may have just passed, but you're probably not loving your power bill. In an informational briefing today, GPA General Manager John Benavente and CCU Chair Joey Duenas appeared before Senators Telena Nelson and Regine Biscoe Lee to discuss current GPA concerns - one of them being power rate increases. As of this month, the fuel surcharge known as LEAC was raised to 14.7 cents per kilowatt, adding about $30 to the average power bill. And starting May 1, residents can an...More >>
    Valentine's Day may have just passed, but you're probably not loving your power bill. In an informational briefing today, GPA General Manager John Benavente and CCU Chair Joey Duenas appeared before Senators Telena Nelson and Regine Biscoe Lee to discuss current GPA concerns - one of them being power rate increases. As of this month, the fuel surcharge known as LEAC was raised to 14.7 cents per kilowatt, adding about $30 to the average power bill. And starting May 1, residents can an...More >>
Powered by Frankly