Manglona wants to know the status of Hillbroom’s criminal cases in Palau


U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona wants to know the status of Junior Larry Hillbroom’s pending criminal cases in Palau.

Manglona told Hillbroom’s new lawyer, Rachel Dimitruk, last week to update the court on the status of Hillbroom’s criminal cases on June 29, 2017. By then, the court will hold a status conference on Hillbroom’s legal malpractice lawsuit against his two former lawyers.

Manglona set the jury trial in Hillbroom’s lawsuit for Feb. 6, 2018.

A pre-settlement conference will be held on Nov. 28, 2017, while the final settlement conference will be on Dec. 12, 2017.

According to the minutes of last week’s hearing, Manglona also announced her rulings pertaining to some motions filed by lawyers David J. Lujan and Barry Israel, who are defendants in Hillbroom’s lawsuit.

Hillbroom is one of the four DNA-proven children of the late business tycoon and DHL co-founder Larry Lee Hillblom.

Hillbroom was recaptured in Palau hours after he allegedly escaped from police’s 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 is suing Lujan and Israel for allegedly conspiring with a former trustee to inflate their contingency fee when Hillblom’s fortune was still undergoing probate proceedings in Superior Court.

Hillbroom’s name is spelled differently from DHL co-founder Hillblom. Hillbroom’s mother, Kaelani Kinney, is a Palauan.

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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