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Justice in St Croix

 
bobn
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Today's paper had two articles about shootings on St Croix that really put a bad taste in my mouth.

The first (before I moved here) was a shooting at a public place, Cramers Park. They dismissed the charges for three people involved because the victim wouldn't cooperate. The victim, who also had a gun and a criminal, received a suspended sentence and then stopped cooperating after getting the plea deal. Shouldnt the lawyers gotten the testimony before the plea deal? Now there are 4 criminals walking free.

The second, the sunny isle shooting is also concerning. One of the gunmen isn't even in jail. Just house arrest. The other is being handled by juvenile court and few details are given. But also likely on house arrest and not in jail, and is not being treated as an adult despite putting many other people's lives in jeopardy.

I won't be surprised that the second shooting ends up like the first one - with criminals walking free or getting a slap on the wrist. I hope I'm wrong but if I was a criminal I wouldn't be too deterred after reading today's paper. What a shame.

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Topic starter Posted : December 2, 2014 12:55 pm
Alana33
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And you're surprised because..............?

No one mentioned there was crime in the VI?

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Posted : December 2, 2014 4:53 pm
St X
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Everyone mentions the crime. The inept justice system doesn't get as much air time.

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Posted : December 2, 2014 8:02 pm
speee1dy
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seriously, how long have you lived here? this is nothing new

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Posted : December 2, 2014 8:12 pm
bobn
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I'm a newcomer, only been here a few months, and still learning.

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Topic starter Posted : December 2, 2014 9:35 pm
vicanuck
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Another day in Paradox.

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Posted : December 2, 2014 9:46 pm
JD on STT
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I'm a newcomer, only been here a few months, and still learning.

Do yourself and your family a favor and leave now. It is not rocket science.

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Posted : December 2, 2014 10:12 pm
malibutexan07
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Shouldnt the lawyers gotten the testimony before the plea deal?

They should have made the plea deal contingent on his full cooperation. Failure to cooperate at the trial? Plea deal off.

One of the gunmen isn't even in jail. Just house arrest. The other is being handled by juvenile court and few details are given. But also likely on house arrest and not in jail

According to the article I just read, the judge granted house arrest (in addition to a bail requirement) because of the guy's injuries (taking several bullets to the body has to do some damage), and based on the recommendation of the guy's doctor. So, it's not just house arrest because the justice system is corrupt, but the judge actually considered the health of the individual and whether keeping the guy in jail would do more harm.

Also, In the VI, you can't just detain someone without bail, unless they are arrested for murder. It's a constitutional protection. The judge set bail, and it sounds like the guy was able to post it.

Just my two cents. -_-

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Posted : December 2, 2014 10:44 pm
St X
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JD on STT, things didn't work out as you planned. That's no reason to be rude to other people who are trying.

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Posted : December 3, 2014 2:27 am
JD on STT
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Message Remove: Please revisit board rules.

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Posted : December 3, 2014 1:04 pm
speee1dy
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oh, the owner of lower love who was shot has died

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Posted : December 3, 2014 8:23 pm
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