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US takes pride in being "melting pot"

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - The United States takes pride in being a "melting pot" - this straight from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at a special session held here on Guam today.

Judges listened to three appeals based out of Guam and the CNMI, one of which was Arnold "Dave" Davis vs. Guam.

Davis appealed to the 9th Circuit arguing that Guam's voting restriction for the plebiscite is unconstitutional and a violation of federal law. today, judges expressed concern that the plebescite doesn't sound like it will ever take place as it would require 70-percent of eligible voters be registered.

Assistant AG Robert Weinberg argued the plebescite would allow conversations to take place as to what Chamorro descendants preferred for a political status. In response, the 9th Circuit panel noted that conversations relative to political status could happen anyway, without the government having to take sides.

The three judge panel consisted of Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, Senior Circuit Judge Mary M. Shroeder, and Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith.
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