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New trial in rape case set for May 13

SUPERIOR Court Presiding Judge Roberto Naraja on Monday said Manolo Romolor’s new jury trial will start on May 13 at 9 a.m.

Romolor, 35, has been accused of raping an intoxicated woman in Nov. 2016. He was charged by the Office of the Attorney General with one count of sexual assault in the first degree, one count of assault and battery, and one count of disturbing the peace.

Judge Naraja re-scheduled the trial after declaring a mistrial on Feb. 15 due to prosecutorial misconduct. The first trial started on Feb. 11.

At the status conference on Monday, attorney Bruce Berline represented Romolor while Assistant Attorney General Samantha Vickery appeared for the government.

Berline told the court that the amount of time spent on prosecuting his client has depleted his legal fees.

“The prosecution’s misconduct has wasted thousands and thousands of dollars of my fee,” he added.

Berline said he will make a motion for sanctions. “Somebody has to pay.”

Vickery asked if the defense counsel will subpoena the prosecutor who was on the case previously, referring to former Assistant AG Teri Tenorio.

Berline replied, “I don’t think so.” He told the court that he will probably work pro bono but added that he needs legal support services.

Judge Naraja then ordered Berline to submit an affidavit detailing the arrangement in place regarding his client’s legal fees.

Vickery and Berline, for their part, requested for trial transcripts.

Judge Naraja told the lawyers that he will issue an emergency order for the production of transcripts. He also scheduled a hearing for April 30 at 9 a.m. for any motion filed by the parties.