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USVI, Epstein Estate Reach Agreement on Compensation Fund

The attorney general's office reached an agreement in principle Friday for a victim's compensation program with the estate of deceased pedophile and V.I. tax break recipient Jeffrey Epstein, according to the Department of Justice.
The R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Trial Delays: Too Many Murders, Too Few Arrests, Too Long Until Trial – Part 2, Solutions

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 R.H. Amphlett Leader Justice Complex, home of the Superior Court on St. Croix. (File photo)

Trial Delays: Too Many Murders, Too Few Arrests, Too Long Until Trial- Part 1, The Problem

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.
Former Casino Control Commission Chairwoman Violet Ann Golden testifies as chairwoman before the Senate in 2015. (File photo by Barry Leerdam, the V.I. Legislature)

Federal Grand Jury Charges Violet Anne Golden with Embezzlement

Violet Anne Golden, a former lawmaker and former head of the Casino Control Commission, became the subject of a grand jury indictment alleging embezzlement, conspiracy, wire fraud and obtaining money under false pretenses.
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Racketeering Defendants Plead Not Guilty; Alleged Ringleaders Face Additional Counts

The defendants charged in a major racketeering case entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in federal court. Most of the 10 in the case of Paul Gerard et. al, asked for speedy jury trials, although some asked for more time.

AG Nominee Says Staff Inadequate; Senators Question Accountability

Denise George, nominee for attorney general, had a message about inadequate staffing at the Justice Department to deliver to the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary Wednesday. However, senators appeared more concerned about to whom the attorney general is accountable.

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