SC denies Guam's bid to review 9th Circuit's plebiscite ruling


The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Guam's petition for a review of the Ninth Circuit Court's decision last year that struck down a local law that limits the voting eligibility for the political status plebiscite.

Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said the administration will explore legal options to address the issues raised by the Ninth Circuit.

"I haven’t had the time to regroup with our legal people but I am gonna be meeting with Melvyn Borja, who heads the Commission on Decolonization and see what other options we have to move forward on," the governor said. "So we could do legislation, or amend the legislation that would address the Ninth Circuit's concerns about the (local plebiscite law), but we are going to move on with the plebiscite."

Limiting the political status vote to “native inhabitants of Guam” is a violation of the Fifteenth Amendment, the Ninth Circuit Co