OAG’s Criminal Division gets a new lawyer

Assistant attorney general Robert “Charlie” Lee poses in a group photo with Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro, assistant attorney general Jonathan Wilberscheid, assistant attorney general Teri Tenorio, and Chief Prosecutor Michele Harris. Castro administered the oath at the CNMI Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon. (Ferdie de la Torre)

A former prosecutor in Florida, American Samoa, and Palau has joined the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division.

Robert “Charlie” Lee took his oath as an assistant attorney general before CNMI Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexandro C. Castro on Tuesday afternoon. The 39-year-old Lee will be handling appeals and violent crimes.

“I’m proud to be part of the team,” he said.

Lee is no stranger to the islands. He served as an assistant attorney general for two years in American Samoa starting in mid-2009 and as an interim special prosecutor in Palau for a year in 2010. Lee arrived on Saipan last Oct. 26.

“I love Saipan. Saipan is great. It’s a beautiful island,” he said.

Lee obtained his bachelor’s at the University of Central Florida. He went to law school at Samford University Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.

After being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2004, he started as a prosecutor at the Office of the State Attorney for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Florida in Bartow. He then went into private practice in 2008 in Florida and moved to American Samoa the following year to work as an assistant attorney general. After two years, he went back home and continued his practice of law.

Palau president Thomas Remengesau Jr. appointed Lee as special prosecutor in July 2014. After a year, he moved back to Florida.

The OAG’s Criminal Division now has eight prosecutors.

Chief Prosecutor Michele Harris said they are really happy to have Lee joining their office.

“I’m really impressed with the amount of experience he brings to the office. We are looking forward to working with him and for welcoming him to the community,” Harris said.

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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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