Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Now We're Talking

The Associated Press has released another story about Rub-a-dub-dub-gate, this time about Fitial's subpoena to appear in front of a federal judge next month. Here is the story printed in the Honolulu Advertiser (USA Today carries the story, too):
Northern Mariana Islands governor subpoenaed
Associated Press

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands — Federal prosecutors in the Northern Mariana Islands say the governor of the U.S. commonwealth needs to answer questions about letting a federal detainee out of prison to give him a massage.

Gov. Benigno Fitial has been subpoenaed to appear at a Feb. 17 U.S. District Court hearing to answer questions under oath. The attorney general's office of the U.S. commonwealth wants the hearing canceled.

U.S. Attorney Eric O'Malley said Tuesday that prosecutors will file a motion this week, arguing the hearing is necessary.

The detainee was Fitial's masseuse, who is facing charges in a human smuggling case.

Fitial has said he had the woman released and brought to the governor's residence Jan. 8 to relieve persistent back pain.
Now we're getting serious. It will be more difficult for the governor's minions to make excuses now.

Time to resign.

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