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Janet King wants to withdraw as Liang Li’s counsel

ATTORNEY Janet King is asking the District Court for the NMI to permit her to withdraw as counsel for Liang Li, a former notary public who is appealing his conviction and the denial of his motion to withdraw his guilty plea.

 King is seeking an order to reflect on record that the King Law Office, LLC is no longer counsel of record for Li.

Janet King

She said her former client wishes to proceed “in forma pauperis,” a Latin legal term meaning “in the character or manner of a pauper.”

Li is asking the court to waive the filing fees citing his inability to pay.

King said Li has also submitted Criminal Justice Act Form 23 to the court for appointment of counsel.

 King likewise filed a motion for leave to withdraw as counsel in Li’s appeal of his conviction and sentence to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

According to court records, on or about Jan. 10, 2018, Li “knowingly and willfully notarized” a document, “U.S. Department of State of Consent: Issuance of a U.S passport to a minor under age 16” on behalf of Jian Liu and Yanan Li dated Jan 8, 2018.

 “Li signed the document as a licensed notary, and willfully made a false writing document, knowing it to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement to the U.S. government by certifying that she personally witnessed a person signing a DS-3053 Statement of Consent and backdating it to Jan. 8, 2018. This document was submitted to the U.S. Passport Office in Saipan in the knowledge that the person had departed the United Sates in the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2018.”

Li pled guilty in April 2018, but later asked the court for permission to withdraw his plea.

On Sept. 14, 2018 Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona denied Li’s request and sentenced him to two years of probation. A naturalized U.S. citizen, Li was also placed on home detention for six months as part of his probation. Li will likewise perform 100 hours of community service which will be suspended if he is gainfully employed.

In addition, Li was ordered to pay $4,000 and $100 in fines and a special assessment fee.

Li filed a notice of appeal on Sept. 28, 2018.