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Bill Proposed To Strip Pensions From Convicted Gov Officials

 
ms411
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What can we do to increase chances of this or strong similar bill passes?

http://viconsortium.com/virgin-islands-2/gittens-introduces-bill-that-takes-away-retirement-benefits-from-convicted-government-officials/

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2015 6:11 pm
STXBob
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Hmm, if that bill passes, then corruption will be both a problem and a solution for the people!

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Posted : August 25, 2015 6:17 pm
Alana33
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Think it's a great bill.
I'm going to write senators and ask that they support it.
Too many, even when convicted, get a slap on the wrist as a sentence. Time to hit them where it hurts just like they've done to the voters and public they've been shown to have betrayed.

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Posted : August 25, 2015 6:45 pm
monogram
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Please inform Gittens that the problem is with getting them convicted in the first place. A bill increasing the size of the AGs office AND making the office independent would do wonders. The government is thoroughly corrupt.

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Posted : August 25, 2015 6:48 pm
ms411
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Louis Willis has been convicted TWICE. That's a start. Alvin Williams convicted, but may not have qualified for pension. Let's see what happens with latest charges against Castro, Woods, and Francis. Federal case. Bill should include federal convictions.

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2015 7:38 pm
Alana33
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Any conviction. Local or federal.
Of course as monogram pointed out, the AG has to be up to the task,
from start to finish.

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Posted : August 25, 2015 7:45 pm
ms411
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If federal money is involved, no worry about AG. Castro, et al, are under feds jurisdiction.

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2015 7:59 pm
monogram
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For every Alvin Williams, there's a Carlton Dowe who is acquitted. Or an Amos Carty, who walks. Or a Najawicz, or a Cohen, or...

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Posted : August 25, 2015 8:27 pm
Alana33
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Exactly, then gets rewarded with another government appointed job at a top salary where it's "business as usual!"

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Posted : August 25, 2015 8:47 pm
ms411
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We have better chances of curtailing corruption if we report misuse of federal funds since so many projects get federal funding. I was tempted to report one particular agency, but decided against it because I didn't want people to lose their jobs.

Could care less now, so will report what I consider waste and or abuse if I see it again at this agency.

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Topic starter Posted : August 25, 2015 10:56 pm
Alana33
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Why wait "until you see it again?"
Report it the first time.

While I am in support of this bill, not sure it doesn't contravene constitutional rights. They'd need a legal opinion, I think.

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Posted : August 26, 2015 1:30 pm
STXBob
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Yeah, the VI legislature is pretty good at writing crappy laws. Remember the first time they outlawed bullets? They wrote the law such that not even cops could legally possess ammo.

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Posted : August 26, 2015 8:58 pm
Novanut
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Don't stop the….. Legislators...

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Posted : August 26, 2015 11:00 pm
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