Yesterday's scheduled hearing on a motion to modify the bail imposed on suspended lawyer Antonio M. Atalig was canceled after his two proposed third party custodians failed to appear in court.
Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho, however, granted Atalig's counsel chief public defender Adam Hardwicke's request to continue the hearing today, Friday, at 9am.
Hardwicke informed Camacho that for unknown reason Atalig's two proposed third party custodians did not arrive.
Atalig told Saipan Tribune that his proposed third party custodians are his sister-in-law Nelida Atalig and suspended lawyer Reynaldo Yana.
Wearing an orange inmate jumpsuit, the 55-year-old Atalig waited in the courtroom's gallery for about an hour as his case was called only after a hearing in a civil matter was completed.
After Judge Camacho announced the continuation of the bail modification hearing for today, Friday, a corrections officer escorted Atalig back to the Department of Corrections.
Atalig was brought to court on Tuesday after he was arrested on Sunday for allegedly assaulting his two minor children and threatening to kill them and their mother.
Judge imposed a $25,000 cash bail for Atalig's temporary release on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, child abuse, and disturbing the peace.
Preliminary hearing will be on Aug. 6 at 9am.