Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio has signed into law a measure allowing the Superior Court to make money out of the trust funds temporarily entrusted to the judiciary and to impose additional fines on people convicted of a criminal offense in an effort to ease pressure on government coffers.
The Hillblom Charitable Trust is asking the Superior Court to approve its recommendation to reduce the monthly compensation for the Bank of Saipan and discharge its function as the Hillblom Estate Executor, saying the bank has now "substantially less cash to manage."
Chief Prosecutor Kevyn Lynch alleged that lawyer Joseph Arriola violated the Commonwealth Rules of Professional Conduct when he took the job of representing all nine defendants in the illegal gambling case filed by the government last month.
After vetoing an initial draft of the bill, Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio approved a legislative proposal creating a government agency within the Department of Lands and Natural Resources to oversee public parks and recreational facilities in the CNMI.