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Court denies inmate’s petition for writ of habeas corpus

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SUPERIOR Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio has denied the petition of Alfredo E. Reyes, an inmate at the Department of Corrections, for a petition for writ of habeas corpus.

A writ of habeas corpus is an order bringing a prisoner to court to determine whether the imprisonment is lawful.

In 2013, a jury found Reyes guilty of three counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree for sexually abusing the victim on three separate occasions.

The Superior Court sentenced Reyes to 30 years’ imprisonment for each count of sexual abuse, to run concurrently.

Reyes appealed, but the CNMI Supreme Court affirmed his sentence.

He then petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming ineffective assistance of counsel.

In her order on Tuesday, Judge Kim-Tenorio noted that throughout the criminal proceedings, at least nine court-appointed attorneys either withdrew their representation of their own volition or withdrew because of Reyes’s complaints.

The judge found it highly improbable that the reason for all the withdrawals was because the attorneys of the CNMI are incapable.

“And just as before, [Reyes] attempts to blame the outcome of his fate on others rather than on himself,” Judge Kim-Tenorio said.

She said Reyes provides no factual support for his allegation, except to indirectly complain that his criminal matter did not result in his favor.

“In fact,” the judge added, “Reyes’s petition is severely bereft of information regarding ineffective assistance allegation that in addressing it, the court takes on unneeded burden. As such the court finds it illogical to arrive at any conclusion other than to deny [the] petitioner’s petition.”

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