Appellate Court: WICO is a Government Entity
"At question is whether the Legislature and the public have a right to see records of WICO board member's discussions before deciding to rent a $12,000 per month villa for Mapp.
Senate President Neville James sent WICO a request June 18 asking for the orders and all the minutes from WICO's board meetings where WICO considered and approved renting Villa Fratelli Cresta on Mapp's behalf.
At a June 9 Committee of the Whole hearing on WICO's controversial and secretive decision to pay the governor's rent, WICO President Joseph Boschulte submitted testimony refusing to turn over its records, asserting it is not required to do so under V.I. law requiring open records of government agencies because the government-owned entity is not "a purely public entity."
This ought to be interesting when Legislators reconvene to hear Randy Knight's take on WICO footing the bill for Mapp' s luxury rental home in lieu of taxes owed to VI Government.
Another save-the-day opinion by the Third Circuit. These judges must have been laughing during the arguments at the ridiculous and illogical position of the VI Government. Why does our government (and its attorneys) continuously try to abuse us?
Hopefully we will be able to keep the incompetent local judges (especially the radical "Supreme" Court) out of this. It is a sound, unanimous ruling by some of the finest jurists in the world.
The local courts aren't bound by that decision, therefore, while persuasive its not binding as to the information act requests.
The local courts aren't bound by that decision
Highly debatable. Either way, it's highly persuasive, and the VI courts would look silly if they rejected the Third Circuit's reasoning on this.
Ha, ha! Looking silly has never stopped the VI powers that be from doing anything. They need to resolve governor residence once and for all.
How can they violate this section of Organic Act without penalty? Are there any penalties for violating Act? If not, it seems like a worthless document, and VI is only bound by U.S. constitution and federal laws.
Can VI residents insist that powers that be adhere to Organic Act? If so, how?