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Judge denies joint stipulation in case against Ataligs

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DISTRICT Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona has denied the stipulation  of Rota Mayor Efraim Atalig and the U.S. government not to have a hearing and argument before the court.

Mayor Atalig filed a motion to dismiss the indictment under seal, which was previously granted by Judge Manglona.

On June 1, Mayor Atalig’s attorney, David Banes, and the U.S. government requested the court that the motion be decided based on the briefs, declarations, and memoranda of law.

“Oral argument is not necessary,” Banes said.

“Less than 24 hours before the hearing,” the judge noted, “the parties filed a joint stipulation to vacate the hearing and submit the motion on the briefs without any explanation.”

She said, “Due to the importance of the motion, the stipulation is denied,” and the parties must prepare for the hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 2.

The hearing was held, but the minutes were placed under seal.

Variety learned that the motion hearing referenced information regarding the grand jury proceedings in the case and Henthorn materials covered by the protective court order dated Feb. 25, 2020.

Henthorn materials refer to information about agents and investigators that have interviewed a witness or a defendant.

Mayor Atalig and co-defendant, Evelyn Atalig are accused of arranging CNMI-government funded trips to California, Palau, Guam, and Saipan from Feb. 2018 to Aug. 2018.

A superseding indictment charged the Ataligs with conspiracy, wire fraud, theft from program receiving federal funds, and two counts of false statements.

Attorney Steven Pixley represents Evelyn Atalig.

The jury trial for the Ataligs has been set for Aug. 4, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Judge Manglona recently granted the joint request of the Ataligs to amend their witness list and to add Gregory Vecchi, Ph.D., a Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewing expert, as an expert witness.

In the CNMI Superior Court, Mayor Atalig and seven of his former and current resident directors were charged with misconduct in public office. They are accused of taking government-funded per diem and salary compensation to attend a Republican campaign rally on Guam on June 23, 2018.

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