Attorney Colin Thompson is questioning the qualification of former police officer and now Rep. Chris D. Leon Guerrero to provide expert opinions for attorney Ramon K. Quichocho in a racketeering lawsuit.
Thompson is counsel for businesswoman Jung Ja Kim, who has filed a racketeering lawsuit against Quichocho in federal court.
Kim asked the U.S. District Court for the NMI on Thursday to exclude Leon Guerrero’s testimony as an expert witness.
Leon Guerrero, then owner of LG Private Investigation Services, had stated that it is his opinion that Kim was using a series of corporate entities that she in fact controlled to hide assets from her former husband and the Division of Revenue and Tax.
Leon Guerrero had also stated, among other things, that Kim was using other individuals to accomplish the same purposes of concealing corporate entities.
Quichocho’s lawyer, Michael Dotts, filed Leon Guerrero’s expert report on July 27, 2012.
In Kim’s motion to exclude the testimony, Thompson asserted that Leon Guerrero’s opinions are “unreliable, lack any logical or methodical basis, and lack facts or identifiable data.”
Thompson said that Leon Guerrero offers no methodology to arrive at his opinions nor are his opinions based on specialized knowledge or experience.
Furthermore, the lawyer pointed out, Deleon Guerrero’s opinions are not relevant and that his testimony will not aid the jury.
Thompson said a witness may be qualified as an expert through knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education.
“It is unclear what field of expertise Leon Guerrero claims to be qualified. It appears from his report that he has never qualified as an expert witness in any field,” he said.
The lawyer concedes that Leon Guerrero was a police investigator but said his opinion does not offer information about methods of investigation.