Monday, 19 June 2017

Adelup objects to Justice Torres deciding on TRAN case

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Supreme Court Justice Robert Torres is married to Sen. Mary Camacho Torres who could be a party to the case.

Guam - Supreme Court Justice Robert Torres could be disqualified from the case involving Governor Eddie Calvo’s TRAN bill.

Justice Torres submitted a memorandum in the case for possible disqualification, citing his relationship to his wife, sitting Sen. Mary Torres. Although Justice Torres says he believes he could remain impartial, the governor’s office filed a response requesting that Justice Torres be disqualified from the panel.

The governor’s office is seeking a declaratory judgment on the vote for the TRAN bill, or Adelup’s tax refund borrowing bill.

The measure failed by a vote of 7 to 6, but because the Legislature’s standing rules and Guam law require a minimum vote of 8 for a bill to pass, it was not transmitted to the governor’s office. Governor Calvo believes that the Organic Act of Guam only requires that a majority of those present during a quorum vote yes on a measure for it to pass.

 

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