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PSC Confused About Duties and Whereabouts of Jeffrey Moorhead

Dec. 13, 2007 — Confusion abounded during Thursday's Public Services Commission meeting over the whereabouts and services being rendered by attorney Jeffrey B.C. Moorhead. At the end of the meeting, commission members unanimously voted to send out a request for qualifications for a new telecommunications attorney or consultant.
Moorhead's tenure has been mired in controversy: He was recently removed by the territory's attorney general as the PSC's counsel of record and replaced by Assistant Attorney General George Phillips (See "Attorney General Dismisses Moorhead as PSC Lawyer.")
Prior to that, Stan Springel, trustee in the Innovative Communications Corp. bankruptcy, asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Judith K. Fitzgerald to find Moorhead in contempt of court because Springel said Moorhead had blocked progress in the proceedings. (See "Brief Calls for PSC's Moorhead to be Cited for Contempt of Court").
During Thursday's meeting, PSC commissioner Verne C. David said the commission should consider looking for a "supplementary" telecom attorney, since there are currently some "unresolved" issues with Moorhead.
"I thought we already have people in place for this," he said, referring to Moorhead.
After making the motion to start the search for a new attorney, PSC board member Donald "Ducks" Cole responded, "Legally we do, but that individual has not been attending meetings. It's incumbent on the commission to secure the services of someone who will."
PSC counsel attorney Tanisha Bailey-Roka added that Moorhead has "not communicated with me about what he is doing."
In short, the commissioners and their in-house attorney could not say Thursday in what capacity Moorhead currently serves the commission.
On Nov. 2, the Source requested copies of Moorhead's billings to the PSC. Joseph Boschulte, the commission's chairman, said more than a week ago that they will soon be released, but they have yet to turn up.
The motion to receive proposals for a new attorney was unanimously approved, with board members Boschulte, Cole, David and Alecia Wells voting in favor. Commissioners Siri Hamad and M. Thomas Jackson were absent.

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