Vote No on Quichocho
"All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary." Andrew Jackson In the few short years Mr. Quichocho has practiced law within the Commonwealth, he has been sued by former clients for malpractice and other improprieties, has had multiple disciplinary complaints addressed to the bar association, and has been sued by other investors who were cheated out of the properties that they purchased from him and/or his client. In finding that one of the investors had been wrongfully deprived of his property, the honorable Judge Mark W. Bennet ruled: "While contract law does not contain a “smell test,” the facts of this exotic island real estate contract dispute between a Saipan lawyer lessor (and another co-owner) and a Korean businessman lessee reek with the pungency of a 'five week-old, unrefrigerated dead [red-gilled emperor] fish.' Because the lessors attempted to terminate the lessee’s 55-year lease, on which the lessee had made full payment up front, after only two years, . . . I find that the odor here is so profound that no reasonable jury could be in doubt about the outcome" The CNMI Canons of Judicial Conduct state that a judge should participate in establishing, maintaining and enforcing, and should himself observe, high standards of conduct so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary may be preserved. Mr. Quichocho has failed to exhibit such high standards of integrity and virtue that is required of a judge. The undersigned therefore respectfully request that the Senate vote "No" on the nomination of Ramon Quichocho to the Commonwealth Superior Court.