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Motions in inmates’ lawsuit placed under advisement

FEDERAL Judge Ramona V. Manglona has placed under advisement the motions related to a lawsuit filed by an inmate against Department of Correction officials.

The lawsuit was filed by Jesse James Babauta Camacho, who is serving a 45-year sentence for killing a 13-year-old boy in Dandan in April 1998. Camacho was 18 at that time.

He has sued Corrections and its officials, alleging that they deliberately delayed his medical treatment which led to his disability.

The CNMI government has filed a motion seeking the dismissal of Camacho’s lawsuit.

In a notice, Judge Manglona said she will take the motions under advisement without a hearing.

 She said she will rule on two pending motions, the CNMI government’s motion to correct misjoinder and motion to dismiss on behalf of official capacity defendants, and motion to dismiss personal capacity defendants.

 The judge said she previously gave Camacho an extension until Oct. 10, 2018 to file an opposition to the CNMI government’s motions.

 Camacho then filed “a timely opposition in which he did not address the merits of defendants’ motions, but rather reiterated his claims and quantified the damages he seeks,” Manglona said, adding that the defendants did not file a reply.

Camacho is seeking $100,000 from each of the Corrections officials named in the lawsuit: Sgt. Lorraine Rios, Sgt. Benjamin Lizama, Corrections Director Georgia M. Cabrera, Capt. Manuel Quitano, Lt. Fredrick Billy, former Corrections officer Nina Aldan, Capt. Pius Yaroitemal, Corrections Director Jose K. Pangelinan and Corrections Commissioner Vince Attao.