A federal jury trial began yesterday in a businesswoman’s racketeering lawsuit against lawyer Ramon K. Quichocho and his wife.
When Saipan Tribune left the courtroom late afternoon yesterday, U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona was still conducting jury selection.
Attorneys Colin Thompson and Robert T. Torres are counsels for Korean businesswoman Jung Ja Kim. Attorney Michael Dotts is representing Quichocho, his wife Frances, and the Quichocho law firm.
The issues to be tried are three counts of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act conspiracies, two counts of legal malpractice, one count of fraud as a claim and as a counterclaim, one count of conversion as a claim and as a counterclaim, one count of breach of a lease, one count for attorney’s fees as a matter of contract and on the basis of unjust enrichment, one count of interference with marital relations, one count seeking accounting, and one count seeking the imposition of an equitable trust.
Kim used to be client of Quichocho. She also filed separate disciplinary complaints against the lawyer in federal court and Superior Court.