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Two federal inmates ask court to issue protective order

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FEDERAL inmates Francisco N. Basa and Edwin P. Blas, who are serving jail time in Guam, have asked the District Court for the NMI for a protective order for potential retaliation from the defendants that they sued for allegedly violating their constitutional rights.

Basa and Blas, in a handwritten complaint, named as defendants Don Hall and Alfred Celis of the U.S. Marshals Service Saipan, CNMI Department of Corrections officials Georgia Cabrera, Jose K. Pangelinan, Maria Aldan, Raymond Mafnas, Vince Attao, an unnamed senator, and an unnamed Saipan food service contractor.

“We the plaintiffs are housed in [the Department of Corrections of Guam], which makes us very vulnerable to be harmed either mentally, emotionally or physically,” the complaint stated. “They [U.S. Marshals and Corrections officials] have access to our medications, food that is served by a catering contractor [and] access to our cell rooms at all times.”

Basa and Blas accused the U.S. Marshals of having a “history of retaliations well heard among prisoners in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.”

The complaint added that the U.S. Marshals’ “best weapon” against federal inmates who challenge their authority is called the “diesel therapy,” which is the practice of sending inmates deliberately to incorrect destinations.

Basa and Blas are accusing the defendants of  violating their rights and privileges under the U.S. Constitution.

Basa and Blas are suing the defendants for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The lawsuit alleged violations of the plaintiffs’ First, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th amendment rights, and is demanding an award of damages.

Basa and Blas also requested that they be allowed to complete their prison sentences on Saipan.

According to the two inmates, the defendants have deprived them of access to a law library and voluntary religious programs.

They also said that they do not have access to adequate healthcare and proper institution conditions.

They said they have no adequate participation in education, vocational training and employment programs.

They said they were also deprived of nutritious meals, and provided “no opportunities to open a bank and or savings account to assist family financially.”

In 2006, Basa was sentenced to four years and six months’ imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine.

He was placed on probation after completing the prison term.

The federal court had revoked Basa’s supervised release several times in the past for violating the conditions of his probation.

In June 2020, Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona revoked the supervised release of Basa for probation violation and sentenced him to 11 months’ imprisonment and 18 months of  supervised release. He was cited for using “ice.”

As for Blas, he was sentenced by Judge Manglona in July 2018 to 14 months’ imprisonment and 27 months of supervised release for violating his probation — he punched his wife while he was intoxicated.

Blas is a registered sex offender and has other previous convictions in both local and federal courts.

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