22 May 2013

Former CNMI AG wants more time to respond to lawsuit

11:00 am on 22 May 2013

The former attorney general of the Northern Marianas, Edward Buckingham, has signed an agreement with his former assistant to give him more time to respond to a private lawsuit.

James Taylor says he was fired after he advised against the approval of government sole-source contracts that Mr Buckingham later approved.

He also alleges that he was let go because of his age.

A stipulation has been submitted to the US District Court in the CNMI that will extend the time Mr Buckingham has to respond to the complaint until the 4th of June.

Edward Buckingham is also facing extradition to the Northern Marianas from Colorado after he was last week arrested on a separate lawsuit filed by the territory's Office of the Public Auditor.