Hillbrom OK’d to travel to Saipan for deposition

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau Trial Division has granted Junior Larry Hillbroom’s request to travel to Saipan in connection with his legal malpractice lawsuit against his two former lawyers.

Associate Justice Lourdes F. Materne, however, imposed several travel conditions, including that Hillbroom be escorted by Palau law enforcers.

Hillbroom is set to be deposed on Saipan on April 11-13, 2018.

Rachel A. Dimitruk, one of Hillbroom’s counsels in the civil case in federal court, submitted Materne’s order before the U.S. District Court for the NMI.

Last December, Materne reduced to $25,000 the $250,000 cash bail that was earlier imposed on Hillbroom.

The court allowed him to attend a court ordered mediation in a civil action. He is not allowed to leave Palau without prior court permission.

The justice prohibited Hillbroom from having any contact with drug offenders.

Hillbroom was arrested last October in Palau for allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine or “ice.”

Hillbroom was released from jail last August after serving a 60-day prison sentence in Palau for pleading guilty to an escape charge.

Hillbroom filed a legal malpractice lawsuit in District Court against his former counsel, Barry Israel and Guam lawyer David J. Lujan.

Early in 2017, Hillbroom pleaded guilty to a lesser included offense of escape in the second degree in Palau and was slapped with a 60-day prison term.

Hillbroom is one of the four DNA-proven children of the late business tycoon and DHL co-founder Larry Lee Hillblom. He was recaptured in Palau hours after he escaped from police custody on Feb. 9, 2016, just a few hours after he was arrested over the seizure of $160,000 worth of methamphetamine or “ice.”

Hillbroom’s name is spelled differently from DHL co-founder Hillblom.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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