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DOJ to file motion for reconsideration against Pemberton early release on Monday

Alvin Murcia



The Department of Justice (DOJ) will file Monday its motion for reconsideration questioning the decision of a local court to release early US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, the convicted killer of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude.
This was confirmed Sunday Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.
“Our trial prosecutors are still drafting their MR, but I expect that jurisdictional issues, apart from the divergence in GCTA computation, will be included in the MR,” said Guevarra. He did not elaborate.
“We’d rather not discuss our arguments in public. These are sub judice matters,” said Guevarra.
Earlier, the DOJ said it will file its own motion for reconsideration against the early release of Pemberton.  It expressed hope that the Solicitor General will do the same.
Senator Risa Hontiveros has welcomed the decision of the DOJ to question the early release of Pemberton.
Pemberton killed Laude in 2014 in Olongapo City.
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