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Buckingham posts $50K bail

Fugitive and former attorney general Edward T. Buckingham, through his counsel Brien Sers Nicholas, posted bail yesterday in the amount of $50,000.

Sers Nicholas handed a cashier’s check worth $50,000 to the Superior Court’s clerk of court.

Upon posting bail, the clerk of court ordered Buckingham to return to court on March 18, 2013, at 9am.

“The defendant’s failure to appear in the hearing set above will result in a bench warrant being issued and forfeiture of the bail posted,” according to the court order.

Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman issued a bench warrant on Aug. 7, 2012, for the arrest of Buckingham for not appearing in court to answer criminal charges filed against him.

On Sept. 11, 2012, Wiseman issued an order declaring Buckingham a fugitive from justice.

Last Feb. 7, Wiseman stood by his previous orders denying Buckingham’s right to seek any kind of court relief in his criminal case until he renounces his status as a fugitive.

Wiseman denied Buckingham’s request for an extension of time to file a motion to reconsider his Aug. 17, 2012 order.

That order refers to Wiseman’s granting of an ex parte petition of the Office of the Public Auditor appointing OPA counsel George Hasselback as special prosecutor in the criminal case against Buckingham. The judge unsealed the order only on Jan. 16, 2013.

In his Aug. 17 order, Wiseman ruled that the Office of the Attorney General is disqualified from prosecuting both Buckingham and his suspected co-conspirators.

OPA filed criminal misdemeanor charges against Buckingham in connection with an alleged violation of election laws and illegal award of a sole-source contract, among others.

An FBI agent reportedly served Buckingham with the penal summons at the Francisco C. Ada-Saipan International Airport shortly before he and his wife left Saipan on a 6am Delta Air Lines flight to Narita, Japan on Aug. 4, 2012.

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