Attorney Stephen C. Woodruff says he will be promptly correcting his default by filing reports in federal court in response to a show-cause order requiring him to explain why he should not be held in civil contempt for not complying with an order.
Woodruff said that he inadvertently failed to file the reports that U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona had included in her stay order, principally because there had been no material developments and that his attention was on other matters.
“I will explain this to the court,” said Woodruff in an email Tuesday night in response to Saipan Tribune’s request for comment about Manglona’s show-cause order.
The lawyer said he will ask Manglona to excuse his failure to file.
On Tuesday, Manglona directed Woodruff to appear in court tomorrow, Friday, for a show-cause hearing where he will also be asked to explain why a per diem fine for each day of noncompliance should not be imposed on him.
The judge noted that she ordered Woodruff on Aug. 8, 2013, to notify the court, in writing, within the last five days of each month, of the progress of his disciplinary matter in CNMI courts. In that order, Manglona warned that any failure to comply with the order may subject the lawyer to penalties for civil contempt.
In her show-cause order, Manglona said a review of the docket shows that Woodruff failed to do this in both August and September 2013.