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AG could amend previous complaint

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Attorney General's Office has responded saying now that Governor Eddie Calvo has allowed Bill 19 to lapse into public law, the AG plans to review and possibly amend its complaint filed last month.

In his address, Governor Calvo said if the AG believes these gaming machines are illegal, why did he drop the lawsuit and not pursue charges. He further suggested for someone to clarify the law and for everyone to get back to the business of running the government adding that "buried under all this controversy" are numerous yet- to- be- resolved cases.

AG Leonardo Rapadas responds saying "I want to thank the governor for his concern, but let me assure him and the public that my office with the several divisions can multi-task and not only handle civil matters but criminal matters". He adds despite the difference in opinions over the legality of the gambling devices, he stands committed to the mission of the OAG and invites Governor Calvo to stand along side him to achieve this by supporting amendments to our local statute that would mirror federal law that recognizes not just a criminal defendants right to a speedy trial but the people's right of a speedy trial. He says this would alleviate the concern regarding the progress in criminal cases such as the Blue House Lounge case, Emmanuel Cepeda case and Chad De Soto case.

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