FSM chief public defender passes away


Palikir, Pohnpei— Lorrie Johnson-Asher, director and chief public defender of the Federated States of Micronesia passed away on May 8.


Originally hailing from Kosrae, Johnson-Asher was a lifelong advocate for justice and fair and equal treatment for all citizens, residents, and visitors in our Nation. The FSM national government formally recognizes Lorrie Johnson-Asher’s commitment to service and to the truth, her genuinely compassionate and caring heart, and her objectivity towards ensuring fair and equitable outcomes for all.


Johnson-Asher, among her lifetime of service and accomplishments, served as the director of the FSM Office of the Public Defender, as a Staff Attorney for the FSM Office of the Public Defender, as the Attorney General for the Government of the State of Kosrae, and as the Assistant Attorney General in the FSM Department of Justice.


The FSM National government has been remarkably fortunate to have been blessed with Lorrie Johnson-Asher’s service to the Nation and its citizens, for she represented the virtues that the Nation stands for and believes in. The FSM National Government thanks Lorrie Johnson-Asher for her many and noble deeds, sends its deepest condolences to her family and friends in this time of mourning, and asks that the citizens of the nation recall her good character and reflect on her outstanding service to the people.

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