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NMI government: Inmate was provided medical care

CNMI government lawyers told the District Court for the NMI on Thursday that inmate Reynaldo Manila received the medical care that he sought, and that the Commonwealth does not see what more it could do for him.

Christopher Timmons, Office of the Attorney General’s civil division chief, and Assistant Attorney General Hessel Yntema appeared for the CNMI government and Department of Correction at a status conference in federal court.

Manila, 55, is serving a 60-year prison sentence for the death of his six-month-old goddaughter in 2000. He filed a complaint in federal court against the Department of Corrections and its officials for inadequate medical treatment.\On Thursday, Manila’s court-appointed counsel,  Steven Pixley, asked permission to file a motion to withdraw as the defendant’s lawyer.

Pixley told the court that he and Manila disagree on how to proceed with the case.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona said she will entertain Pixley’s motion but advised him to meet with Manila again.

Pixley said Manila should be present at the next hearing.  Timmons did not object.

Judge Mangona then told Pixley to prepare a letter addressed to the Department of Corrections legal counsel regarding Manila’s appearance in court.

The judge said she will hear the motion to withdraw as counsel on Oct. 11 at 9 am.

 In his complaint, Manila said he may be losing his vision due to the negligence of Corrections officials, and their actions and inactions.

Timmons asked the court to dismiss the complaint. The Commonwealth must be removed from the lawsuit because the Commonwealth is entitled to sovereign immunity against a suit for damages brought in federal court, he added.