PM Skerrit and education minister triumphant in dual citizenship trial

first_img Share LocalNews PM Skerrit and education minister triumphant in dual citizenship trial by: – January 10, 2012 Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img 68 Views   one comment Share Education Minister Petter Saint Jean surrounded by supporters outside the Court on Tuesday. Photographs by Josiah Saint Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio.Justice Gertel Thom has ruled in favor of the Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean in respect to two election petition cases filed by Ronald Green and Maynard Joseph of the United Workers Party.Justice Brian Cottle who delivered the verdict on behalf of Justice Gertel Thom announced to a packed Courtroom that he would not read the entire 49 pages long document and thus he only read the conclusion of the verdict.In respect to Education Minister Justice Thom gave the following ruling; “In relation to the case against Mr. Saint Jean I find that Mr. Green has failed to establish a prima facie that Mr. Saint-Jean was by virtue of his own act under acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or State. I found the evidence of Mr. Felix Prosper to be unreliable. There was no admission by Mr. Saint-Jean either expressly or implicitly that he had acquired, renewed, or traveled on a French passport. I find that Mr. Saint-Jean was not on nomination day, December 2, 2009 disqualified pursuant to Section 32 (a) of the Constitution of Dominica from being elected as a Member of Parliament”.With respect to the prime minister Justice Thom ruled that; “In relation to the case against Mr. Skerrit I find that Mr. Joseph has failed to lead any evidence to show that Mr. Skerrit was by virtue of his own act under acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherance to a foreign power of State. Mr. Joseph did not lead any evidence to show that Mr. Skerrit by his own act applied for, renewed, or traveled on a French passport. The notice of disqualification in the Sun Newspaper and the notice circulated in the Constituency of Vieille Case made no mention of any voluntary act of Mr. Skerrit which amounts to an acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherance to a foregin power or State. The oral notice of Mr. James on November 30, 2009 as shown in the transcript was based on the false premise that Mr. Skerrit was a French citizen by his own free will. I find the notices of disqualification did not meet the legal requirement of being clear, definite and certain. I find that Mr. Skerrit was not on nomination day December 2, 2009 disqualified pursuant to Section 32(1) (a) of the Constitution of Dominica from being elected as a Member of Parliament”.Justice Thom therefore dismissed both the petition against Mr. Saint-Jean and Mr. Skerrit.Although it is a general rule in law that the successful party is awarded costs, Justice Thom ruled that “the issues of law that were raised which were of national importance, I find that it is appropriate to depart from the general rule and not award costs to the Respondents”.Attorney for the Petitioners Geoffrey Letang told reporters moments after the ruling, “I’m not totally surprised but at this moment we reserve our comments. We are looking to appeal this matter and to sit as a legal team and discuss it and we will move from there.”Both Senior Counsels Douglas Mendes for the Petitioners and Anthony Astaphan for the Respondants were absent from Court as well as Maynard Joseph and Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.Photographs by Josiah Saint Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio: [nggallery id = 111]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Former 4-star receiver Trishton Jackson announces transfer to Syracuse

first_imgWide receiver Trishton Jackson, a former four-star recruit, announced via Twitter on Monday that he will transfer from Michigan State to Syracuse. Forever grateful for the opportunities God has given me. Blessed to announce my new home Syracuse University. #GoOrange pic.twitter.com/CCI3N7Wvkk— Toog™ (@Toogie_2) January 15, 2018 Published on January 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Jackson will have to sit out the 2018 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining starting with the 2019 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStanding at 6 feet, 1 inch and weighing 179 pounds, Jackson caught 12 passes for 143 yards this past season. At West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School, Jackson received scholarship offers from MSU, Cincinnati, Iowa and Pittsburgh, among others. Jackson was also a high school teammate of current Syracuse safety Evan Foster.Jackson joins a rather unproven receiver group for Syracuse after the departures of seniors Ervin Philips and Steve Ishmael to graduation. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more