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In the second week of the Schneider Regional Medical Center corruption trial the jury heard from two hospital administrators who worked with two of the three defendants who are now on trial. They also heard from a former chair of the hospital board.
Lawyers representing three former executives of the Schneider Regional Medical Center offered opening arguments Wednesday in Superior Court on St. Thomas. The retrial of defendants Rodney Miller, Amos Carty and Peter Najawicz has been anticipated since a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial in 2011.
The U.S. District Court issued a criminal fine of $3 million to Ionian Shipping, Lily Shipping and several principals after convicting them of crimes connected to using dirty fuel and doctoring records to hide it.
A bill to strengthen the loitering law and increase penalties for violations moved out of the Committee on Rules and Judiciary Friday and headed for the full Senate, but it is still suffering birthing pains.
Officers o the V.I. Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau arrested Elieser Edwards, a 19-year-old resident of the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community on St. Thomas and charged him with first-degree burglary.
The long lag between arrests and trials in many violent crime cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.
The public face of sex trafficking in the Virgin Islands showed up on Brookman Road in early August as federal agents closed in on a nightclub operator suspected of harboring migrants to work as prostitutes.
The U.S. Virgin Islands courts and Justice Department need more resources to address a crippling backlog of cases that delays and sometimes denies justice - both for victims and for the accused.
The V.I. Police Department will will step up enforcement of all laws big and small in an effort to curb violence in the territory, and Gov. Albert Bryan urged changes to permitting rules, passage of a loitering laws and stricter bail rules.
A 20-year-old St. Croix man was shot and killed Saturday evening at the Mutual Homes housing community, the V.I. Police reported. The victim was identified as Taheem "Debo" Samuel.