Cops in Adkins case need new lawyer
by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Two police officers who are being sued in their personal capacities for arresting local businessman James Adkins no longer have an attorney. In the latest pleading filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam, officers Daniel Anciano and Serafino Artui ask for additional time to file objections to the magistrate judge's report and recommendation.
The officers only recently learned that the Guam Police Department's legal counsel and the Attorney General's Office would no longer be representing them in the case because of perceived conflicts of interest. The officers are now looking for a lawyer and are hoping the court will give them additional time to file objections.
As we reported Magistrate Judge Joaquin Manibusan upheld a number of Adkins' claims against the officers, finding there was no probable cause for them to arrest Adkins after he had taken photos of a car crash last November on his mobile phone.