SC Astaphan Calls for Prosecution of UWP Leader for “Scandalising Court”

first_imgLocalNewsPolitics SC Astaphan Calls for Prosecution of UWP Leader for “Scandalising Court” by: – June 11, 2020 Sharing is caring! Share                                                 Senior Counsel, Anthony AstaphanLegal representative for the Dominica Labour Party has put forward that those responsible for the recusal of High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson should be prosecuted for contempt of court to set a precedence.Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, who represents the Labour Party in ongoing legal matters including an election treating case and a petition challenging election results in 10 constituencies, used strong words to describe the call by the Hon Opposition Leader Lennox Linton, head of the UWP, for the judge’s recusal.He said, “Something has to be done to protect the integrity of the judges and the courts. This assault this barrage of threats and insults against a female judge is totally unacceptable to me.”Senior Counsel Astaphan added that “Something has to be done by the State to protect the judiciary and to ensure that those who executed those criminal acts against the judge are prosecuted or some form of civil action brought against them.”He believes the rule of law will become hostage to “unhinged politicians either on the left or the right” who could use this incident to “feel they have the right to attack every  institution with lies, misinformation and fake news simple to fulfill  a petty, personal, political agenda.”The OECS Court of Appeal just recently ruled that a case against the Hon Prime Minister and 14 DLP candidates who won seats in the 2014 elections should be heard by the High Court in Dominica.The matter is to determine whether the 2014 candidates and the party leader, returned as Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit or agents offered material incentives for people to vote for them or to abstain from voting.In this case, concerts put on by the party at which international performers Morgan Heritage and Donnie McClurkin performed were cited as having been used to corruptly influence the outcome of the election.High Court Judge Bernie Stephenson had determined that the court had no jurisdiction to hear that matter, as the DLP team argued.The OECS Supreme Court overturned the High Court judge’s ruling.Justice Stephenson subsequently recused herself from hearing another case between the UWP and DLP following comments by UWP Leader, Lennox Linton alleging bias towards the DLP.Senior Counsel Astaphan represented the DLP candidates in the appeal.He presents a case that Hon Linton should be made to pay for what he considers abuse of the judge.“The majority- in a judgment in which the dissenting minority makes a mockery of the jurisdiction of the election court -ruled against her, but the minority judgment in a powerful dissent in judgement fully, supported the judgement of the High Court.”Mr Astaphan felt that the actions of Mr Linton were cruel in nature “Mr. Lennox Linton has executed what I call an electronic lynching of a young Caribbean woman of African descent who… went to school and practice law she  had her own private practice and decided to execute public service on behalf of the people of OECS.Counsel Astaphan believes Justice Stephenson “has been subjected to a savage vicious pejorative and criminal assault.”He asserts that “scandalizing the court and contempt of court are criminal offences punishable by imprisonment or fine.” Tweetcenter_img Share Share 283 Views   one commentlast_img read more

No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classic

first_img Ryan Black (Photo by Ron Besser) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the final regular season tournament of 2009, the No. 17 West Florida men’s golf team tied for sixth place at the Palisades Collegiate Classic hosted by Charlotte on Tuesday.  Sophomore Kyle Scott (Edenvale, South Africa/Edenglen HS) led the way, finishing seven under par and tied for fourth place overall.Scott was seven under after the first day, and he finished the third and final round at even part to finish at 209 (68-69-72).  Freshman Ryan Black (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Lincoln Park Academy) posted the top final round with a 71 to finish tied for 10th (74-67-71=212).Freshman Rafael Rodriguez Larreta (Montevideo, Uruguay/Pocitos Day School) tied for 53rd (72-76-79=227) and freshman Carlos Rodriguez (Cali, Colombia/Austin Peay/Pendleton School) tied for 67th (75-78-78=231).  Sophomore Otto Bonning (Skanor, Sweden/Sundsgymnasiet) had his best round on Tuesday, carding a 75 to finish tied for 70th (80-77-75=232).Virginia Commonwealth held on to take the team title, shooting 836 (282-270-284) to defeat Louisville by seven strokes (290-267-286=843).  Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle claimed medalist honors at 16 under par (69-65-66=200).The Argonauts will head to the Gulf South Conference Championships next week on April 20-21, looking for their 10th GSC title and fourth in a row.  For information on all UWF Athletics, visit RESULTS1 VCU                           282 270 284 836 -282 Louisville, U. of             290 267 286 843 -213 Marquette University          283 284 291 858 -64 Old Dominion Univ.            294 278 296 868 +45 Belmont Abbey Coll.           292 285 296 873 +9T6 West Florida, U. of          289 289 296 874 +10T6 Francis Marion U.            293 291 290 874 +10T8 Charlotte                    296 291 290 877 +13T8 Longwood University          296 295 286 877 +1310 Richmond, Univ. of           301 286 299 886 +2211 Kennesaw St. Univ.           298 292 298 888 +2412 Davidson College             296 296 301 893 +2913 Winthrop University          307 296 292 895 +3114 Nebraska, U. of              298 301 298 897 +3315 Elon University              298 306 295 899 +35T4 Kyle Scott                   68 69 72 209 -7T10 Ryan Black                  74 67 71 212 -4T53 Rafael Rodriguez Larreta    72 76 79 227 +11T67 Carlos Rodriguez            75 78 78 231 +15T70 Otto Bonning                80 77 75 232 +16Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img No. 17 UWF Finishes Regular Season at Palisades Classiclast_img read more

Nine amateur boxers for World Youth Championship

first_imgNine amateur boxers will represent Ghana at the AIBA World Youth Championships slated for Baku, Azerbaijan from April 20 to May 2, 2010.The team trainer of Ghana Amateur Boxing, Roberto Ibanez Chavez, told GNA Sports that he has 12 boxers currently in camp preparing for the global championship.Chavez said he will name his final team later in the week before the team enplanes for Azerbaijan on Sunday, April 18.He said the boxers in camp are made up of Sulemana Tetteh (Light Flyweight), Wahed Oman (Flyweight), Isaac Sackey (Featherweight), Musa Rahman Lawson (Bantamweight), Jessy Lartey (Featherweight) and Raphael Mensah (Lightweight).The rest are Victor Kuwornu (Light Welterweight), Azumah Mohammed (Welterweight), Sena Agbeko (Middleweight), Ebenezer Quartey (Middleweight), Djibril Ahmed (Middleweight) and David Bawa (Light Heavyweight).Assistant coach of the team, Ofori Asare, said the team is in good shape for the tournament which will also serve as the qualifier for the inaugural Youth Olympics scheduled for Singapore in August. Coach Asare said that the boxers are primed for the event after engaging in a week-long contest with their Nigerian counterparts at the Sports Hall of the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.He expressed optimism that the team will make Ghana proud at the championship.Boxers between the ages of 17 and 18 from over 105 countries will be taking part in the event.The bouts will consist of three rounds of three minutes each with one minute of rest between rounds.Source: GNAlast_img read more