A court clerk on Guam has been fired after an administration error resulted in a rape case being thrown out.
The Pacific Daily News reports the case concerns James Corpuz, who is accused of raping and molesting a girl.
Under Guam's 'speedy trial' laws, Mr Corpuz was supposed to have stood trial by the 15th of April.
On the 23rd of April, his lawyer filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying the deadline for a speedy trial had passed.
Judge Vernon Perez dismissed the case, but refused to dismiss it without prejudice, which would have barred prosecutors from re-filing the charges.
Mr Corpuz has since been re-indicted.
An investigation found the case didn't go ahead because the trial wasn't listed on the court calendar by the clerk responsible.
The administrator of courts, Joshua Tenorio, says there wasn't a reasonable explanation for the mishap, and the clerk has been sacked.