THE SUPREME COURT OF THE
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA
Cite as FSM v. Engichy ,
4 FSM Intrm. 177 (Truk 1989)

[4 FSM Intrm. 177]

FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA,
Plaintiff,

vs.

CASIMIRO ENGICHY,
Defendant.

FSM CRIM. NO. 1981-1512

[4 FSM Intrm. 178]

ORDER

Before Richard H. Benson
Associate Justice
FSM Supreme Court
November 15, 1989

APPEARANCES
For the Government:     Steven P. Pixley
                                        Chief, Litigation
                                        Attorney General Office
                                        Federated States of Micronesia
                                        P.O. Box 490
                                        Pohnpei, FSM  96941

For the Defendant:        Dan Maloney
                                        Public Defender
                                        Public Defender Office
                                        Federated States of Micronesia
                                        P.O. Box 756
                                        Moen, Truk  96942

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HEADNOTE
Prisons and Prisoners
     The serious illness of a prisoner's child does not constitute an emergency necessitating the defendant's release from prison, where the child will receive the treatment she requires whether the prisoner is released or not.  FSM v. Engichy, 4 FSM Intrm. 177, 180 (Truk 1989).

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COURT'S OPINION
RICHARD H. BENSON, Associate Justice:
     This matter came before the court on the motion of the defendant filed November 10, 1989 for an order permitting his release so that he can travel to Phoenix, Arizona "to give support to wife and his daughter Rebecca Keleb, who must undergo extensive medical treatment."

     The motion is supported with extensive documentation, the truth of which is not disputed by the government, that the 10 month old child suffers from Apert syndrome, a very serious condition which requires an extensive course of treatment.

     The government's position is limited to a question of what assurance exists that the defendant would return to Truk.

[4 FSM Intrm. 179]

     The defendant relies upon Soares v. FSM, 4 FSM Intrm. 78 (App. 1989) to support his request.  I agree that that case offers the only authority.  Counsel have not furnished and the court has not been able to find any United States authority concerning releases for emergencies.

     In context however, Soares is referring to emergencies in which the release of the prisoner is the proper act to meet the emergency.  For instance, Soares uses the example of a jailer releasing prisoners in the event of a fire in the prison.  Id. at 81-82.

     In this case the emergency does not apply to the defendant himself; it is the child's.  She is receiving the care and treatment that the emergency requires. She will receive that treatment whether the prisoner is released or not.  The release of the defendant is sought so that the defendant can be present to render emotional support while that treatment is given.

     I find that the facts do not bring this case within the meaning of "emergency" referred to in Soares.  The letters and reports awake deep sympathy for the child and her present suffering and for her parents and family.  However, I am compelled to deny the motion.

     So ordered this 15th day of November, 1989.

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