Taisague, Maratita appeal court order that denied their bid to intervene in Johnson case
U. S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona recused herself yesterday from Jesus I. Taisague’s lawsuit against the CNMI government and Gov. Eloy S. Inos.
Manglona said her recusal is based on her husband’s financial interest in the NMI Retirement Fund, which is a party to the proceeding. Her husband is CNMI Supreme Court Associate Justice John A. Manglona.
Judge Manglona said that Chief Judge Frances M. Tydingco-Gatewood of the District of Guam shall preside in her stead.
Taisague, through counsel Ramon K. Quichocho, is suing Inos, the CNMI government, and the Fund in federal court for entering into a settlement agreement with Betty Johnson that, according to him, is unconstitutional and illegal.
As this developed, Taisague and Rep. Janet Maratita, through counsel Quichocho, informed the federal court yesterday that they are appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals Tydingco-Gatewood’s order that denied their motion to allow them to intervene in Johnson’s class action. (Ferdie de la Torre)