by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Calling it "a last ditch effort", the government vehemently opposes a motion for a new trial filed by former Police Officers David Manila and Anthony Quenga. The defense presented testimony from a former Blue House Lounge worker who claims the girls who testified during the officers' trial were lying about being forced to have sex with customers and being held against their will.
Assistant AG Christopher Odoca says the defense failed to show that a new trial is warranted pointing out that Ivory Warren's statements to authorities was provided to the defense back in December.
"The defense attorneys were not diligent," argued Odoca. "The defense attorneys had the discovery regarding ivory warren and it had the opportunity to interview her and to call her as a witness just as Attorney Kondas did in preparation for defendant [Song Ja] Cha." Odoca said the government presented a solid case with nine witnesses who provided clear, corroborating and consistent testimonies.
Defense attorneys however contend there was no way to know that warren knew what the other girls would testify until they did so at trial. Quenga's attorney, Sylvia Stake, said, "I had made an attempt to contact her several times and I did ask why she was removed from the final list and the answer that I did get at that time was that the office was not able to reach her and I don't have the resources that the AG's Office has."
The judge took the case under advisement and indicated that the February sentencing date would likely be vacated as she still has other pending motions under review.