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Thought I would start a new thread for all who have given up following the "Truth in Forums" thread because of all the bitc**** going on.
Have heard that an arrest was made last night at 9:30pm - again not 100% that it is not another rumor but will let you know for sure as soon as I hear.
Sherri, or anyone that is a local and wants to raise questions.
One question I asked earlier on in a post was if there were term limits for elected officials. ie: Judges. If not, then there should be. I was quickly shot down by a local. Told it was none of my business, which is correct, possibly. But someone out there must know what needs to be done and why aren't they helping build a force to make sure it happens? Possibly because they are afraid of "Uncle Dad". Good luck to all of you. May the force be with you.
Judges in the USVI are appointed by the Gov of the Islands for a 10 Year Term. Not to be confused with federal Judges that have life time appointments and mandatory age requirements for retirement.
Has justice been served for the Cockayne's? Is the VIPD hoping that everyone will just forget about all of the unsolved murders of locals and tourists? I guess the PD is back to their main job of giving out tickets for seat belt and cellphone violations.
When will something happen on this case? Are they waiting for new evidence?
What is the current status? Please don't tell me Jamie's muderers have not been convicted yet.
I'd like to know what the current status is of this case myself because I can't find anything online.
The investigation is still ongoing. All of the murderers are out on bail and the getaway car is still driving around Cruz Bay.
No conviction YET?
This is ridiculous, for lack of a better word. Stupid on the St. John police's part, and frightening on the U.S.'s. It's giving us all (as in the United States and St. John) a bad name. After three recent visits to St. John (prior to Jamie's murder) I'm certain I could do the leg work for the police.
heide are you a registered voter here in the USVI?
Go, do your damage. No one can stop you. But if you think for a second that threats of 'exposure" or sending people scurrying from the USVI with the hope of hurting it financially may come home to hurt you in the end. I have no idea what an average length of time from the arrest to a conviction is but I would bet it is not as swift as any victim or a surviving family member would like. A "rush to justice" is what everyone would appreciate but reality rules.
The police are done but may still have an open investigation. It is now up to the courts. I have no idea how long the list is of defendents awaiting trial, the number who must be represented by a public defender or the size of the proscutor's office. Do you even know how many judges sit in the St. Thomas criminal court to hear those cases? If I were guessing, it's not enough. Many courts through the US have long backlogs.
Of course locking some one up is a solution so the cost of their health care, the food, their clothes and any other incidental is paid by the taxpayer. Or they can go home if they are determined to be not a flight risk. They can be ordered to work or find a job - but who will hire them if in everybody's eyes they are a murderer? But they are home and someone is dead. Putting them in jail for months awaiting ajudication will not bring the dead to life. And so far, as far as anyone knows, no one has run. For sure we would have heard it.
Throw them in jail without knowing the conditions of the jail? - and how many times it has been censored because of it's conditions? They don't deserve better. No, maybe they don't. But not until after they've been found guilty. Put him in a jail with hardened criminals capable of any and everything and when he comes out, he will know everything about ciminal life that he may not have known before. There is this premise that one is innocent until proven guilty. And even a not-guilty does not mean that they are innocent.
Take the car and lock it away? - if it is the car. No one knows what the police did or didn't do with the car - what they checked it for or didn't. I am sure that St. John and even St. Thomas doesn't have the technology and equipment that the televised CSI has. Most cities don't have it either. While it's locked away whomever owns it can't get around, can't get to work and has been accosted on the streets of Cruz Bay. It may well be someone who had nothing to do with the crime but only a parent who lent her car to her son that night . So she/he should be puncished because the son is accused of murder.
Meanwhile treat those you need the most like they are the enemy. Publically damn the island and it's residents since they will be the jury. Promise to hurt them financially and destroy their livihood. Keep the publicity flowing so that a defense can use the unwarrented attention in the press tainted the jury pool But most of all stay as angry at the people who had nothing to do with the murder and are as upset and concerned as you that bad things happen to good people and in the USVI too.
A lot of us have gotten our impression of the criminal justice system from hours of watching television. Those Law and Order and CSI teams really get things done. It makes it very frustrating when we run into the actual workings of the system rather than the fictionalized entertainment version.
Kendall filed the suit as the commission was gearing up to hold hearings into the complaints filed against him.
Since May, The Daily News has reported on three separate complaints against Kendall, which either asked for an investigation into the judge's pattern of conduct from the bench or for his removal.
The hearings the commission has scheduled this month address two of the complaints. The status of the third is unclear.
Kendall's critics charge that his pattern of allowing defendants accused of violent crimes to return to the community after posting little or no bail demonstrates a misapplication of the law and has eroded public confidence in the judiciary.
In his suit, Kendall contends that he has scrupulously followed the federal Bail Reform Act throughout his judicial career and that some of the other Superior Court judges have not. He notes that none of his bail decisions have been appealed by the V.I. Attorney General's Office.
In a separate civil lawsuit filed in Superior Court in October, Kendall sued Daily News Publishing Co. and two reporters, alleging that he has been libeled by news reports in The Daily News.
Really, where's the debate? Doesn't EVERYONE agree that any crime should be investigated thoroughly, suspects detained, released, etc.? It's not about St. John - it is about justice for the victim - and there hasn't seemed to be any yet(?)
I participate in this forum sporadically because I love St.John, which is why I'm so abhorred that Jamie can't be put to rest so we can all regain our love and faith in the Island and it's beauty - without fear that there are no boundaries for those with ill intent.
anyone know if they arrested whomever murdered the guy they found in the shopping cart on hospital ground?
You mean people actually get arrested here for committing crimes? Well doggone................when did THAT concept start?
oh dylan don't be bitter, i got pulled over by a cop yesterday because i was scratching my head and the idiot thought i was using a cell phone so i told him i did not own a cell phone because i am not a drug dealer or a parent and therefore have no use for one, i confused him for a bit with my logic but then he figured it out and let me go.
So, I assume an arrest and trial has been done by now?! Or...are the suspects still under "house arrest"?
yes the haitian guy turned himself in for killing his co-worker