BREAKING NEWS: PSS Commissioner Sablan not guilty


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho acquitted today, Wednesday, Education Commissioner Dr. Rita A. Sablan of a traffic case that charged her with three counts of violating the government vehicle provisions of the Commonwealth Code.

At a bench trial, Camacho found Sablan not guilty of the violation of restriction upon use of government vehicles such as driving a government vehicle that does not bear a government license plate, driving an unmarked government vehicle, and operating a government vehicle with tinting on its windows.

In granting defense counsel Brien Sers Nicholas’ motion for judgment of acquittal, Camacho found that the prosecution has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the car driven by Sablan is a government vehicle as defined in the Traffic Code requiring a lease to be 12 months or more.

The vehicle in question is a white four-door 2011 Honda Accord sedan that is registered to “Joeten Motor Dept.” and leased to the Public School System.

The prosecution alleged that the lease of this car began Jan. 1, 2014, and Sablan was stopped by Police Sgt. Anthony Macaranas on Jan. 15, 2015, so the government is legally the owner of the vehicle.

More details to follow.

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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