Benedetto leaving CNMI again


James Benedetto

Assistant U.S. attorney James Benedetto is leaving the CNMI once more, this time to work with the ethics office of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Benedetto said his last day with the U.S. Attorney’s Office is on Sept. 14.

His work at the main office won’t be in prosecution but with ethics. He said his new job will be good for his retirement.

Benedetto said he obviously has mixed feelings about leaving Saipan again. “There’s a lot of people that I’m going to miss. But I left before and came back. Maybe, after I work four years in D.C., I’ll come back and retire here and not work,” he said.

Benedetto first came to Saipan in June 1999 to work as a prosecutor with the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Division.

Benedetto then went on hiatus for five months to study for the bar in Seattle. He later got hired by the Department of the Interior to be the federal ombudsman in the CNMI. From federal ombudsman he moved to U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2008 as a prosecutor.

In 2011, Benedetto got detailed to the U.S. State Department to work overseas, training prosecutors and judges in East Timor.

In April 2016, Benedetto came back to Saipan to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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