Ethics panel: Censure Espaldon

Sen. James Espaldon violated the Code of Ethics and Standards when he brokered a transaction with the CNMI government on behalf of a private company, according to the Guam Legislature’s ethics committee which recommended that the senator be censured, stripped of his leadership positions and required to take a 16-hour refresher course in government ethics.

“Ethical standards exist to express accepted expectations of conduct, and they are established not only to bring clarity and adherence to these expectations, but to ensure that shared principles are honored as well,” said Sen. Fernando Estevez, chairman of the legislative ethics committee.

“It is imperative, however, to also understand that the realm of ethics, unlike that of law, is inherently subjective and that these findings and recommendations alone do not reflect on Senator Espaldon’s person or character,” Estevez added

The committee on Tuesday submitted to the legislative body a copy of Resolution 239-34, which contains its findings and recommendations. Based on standing rules, the body may either adopt the committee’s recommendations by 10 votes or impose other disciplinary actions including, suspension or discharge.”