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Onika
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December 19, 2007 6:27 pm  

Anyone catch it?

Apparently it was on yesterday but I heard it today on the streaming radio.

If anyone wants to hear it I think you can go to the site and hear it without listening to the 24 hr stream. It is a piece done by Libby Lewis.

Was there a Wal-Mart here at one time in 2002 or was the fact checker asleep on the job?


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Onika
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December 19, 2007 6:52 pm  

here is the link:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17357398


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glynnswife
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December 19, 2007 7:22 pm  

No Wal Mart here in 2002.


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Linda J
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December 19, 2007 10:48 pm  

She also referenced the "Christmas Breezes", a term I've never heard used here.

But aside from that, the story was pretty horrific. Reminds me of when they turned people out of long term mental hospitals in the late 60's. It was a good idea, but with no alternatives available, lots of mentally ill folks wound up on the streets. I was surprised there are only 5 such people presently in jail.


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December 19, 2007 11:23 pm  

christmas winds


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Trade
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December 20, 2007 9:49 am  

Didn't see it but I guess I'll plan on not committing any crimes so I don't have to go there. 🙂 However, I would like to murder the taxi drivers who cut over from the left turn lane in front of Yacht Haven Grande to get back to Havensight quicker. That's what clogs up the traffic & is sure to cause me road rage which I've successfully contained - so far.


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Marty on STT
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December 20, 2007 10:59 am  

Trade,

If you hear of some white guy being arrested for driving his car into a taxi on purpose...that's ME! Ugh! The traffic seems to be getting worse, doesn't it?


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sherri
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December 20, 2007 11:20 am  

Trade, I'M WITH YOU! I get so angry when I wait in the correct lane to have a taxi pass to the front and another taxi lets him in!!!!! I even called the police once, I was so mad! Of course, it happens all the time and is down right WRONG!
Marty, I know someone who did just that! Mind you he was a bit loaded at the time, but he got so angry, he rammed the Taxi with his Toyota truck! lol! 🙂


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letahl
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December 20, 2007 12:27 pm  

The article doesn't get all its facts right, but the gist is correct. And it was Kmart. For a similar recent story, see GVI v. Durant at this link:
http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/caselaw/freecaselaw?action=FCLRetrieveCaseDetail&caseID=1&format=FULL&resultHandle=93cdddde574eae7fa934d4c7afd3e4f8&pageLimit=10&xmlgTotalCount=1&combinedSearchTerm=++name+%28durant%29++&juriName=Virgin%20Islands%20Territories&sourceFile=STATES;VICTS

This sort of thing isn't as uncommon as you'd think. The Supreme Court got wind of Durant's release and ordered him rearrested pending their determination of the People's appeal, but rumor has it he's on St. Thomas and was on a recent television show being interviewed. Anyway, no one has argued on Durant's behalf at the Supreme Court level, although I don't want to point fingers as to whose job it is. So much for advocacy...

Yesterday, an inmate with the last name of Monsanto was released from Golden Grove. He's not insane, but has other competency issues which implicated constitutional due process rights, and his underlying conviction was vacated. That's a published opinion as well, but will take a few weeks to get onto lexisone.com, a free searchable case database that includes the V.I.

I encourage Islanders to read opinions like Durant and consider how important constitutional rights are here, and to what extent they are protected. Cases like the ones mentioned here happen because the public cares about other things more. You've got to pick your issues of course, you can't save the world in every way, but continued violations of the constitutional rights of the people who are least equipped to defend against them are, in my mind, unconscionable. And far more pressing an issue than some of the others people concern themselves with on a daily basis.

Something to think about.

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December 20, 2007 3:13 pm  

Hello, Letahl,
Is Durant a Federal or State case? Must register to get onto Lexis (link you provided) and might be able to find the case elsewhere.

Thanks,
PT


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letahl
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December 20, 2007 3:56 pm  

"State" case. Registration is free if you feel so inclined. I am not aware of another free source for V.I. Territorial Law, but if you come across one please do let me know.

Let


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C Urchin
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December 23, 2007 12:52 am  

Let,

There are websites for both the Territorial Courts and the District Courts

Here are the links:
www.vid.uscourts.gov/
www.visuperiorcourt.org/

Both have links on the left for opinions and it's free. However, you have to wait for a couple of weeks for opinions to post.

Hope that helps

C Urchin
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December 23, 2007 6:25 pm  

Hi, C Urchin,

Thanks, I'll give them a try.

PT


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Dylan
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December 24, 2007 9:52 am  

You guys know they have a public access law library at the STT Justice Complex right? I've been in there and used it extensively before.


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