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Attorney General justifies hiring Caribbean lawyers for GECOM Chairmanship case; mum on payment

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams on Monday justified government’s decision to hire two top Caribbean lawyers to fight a case challenging the constitutionality of President David Granger’s appointment of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Williams said it was partly a politically motivated decision because the locally available Senior Counsel were not in the ...

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PPP to probe background of Granger’s candidate for Chancellor of the Judiciary

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday failed to reach consensus on the appointment of Justice Kenneth Benjamin as Guyana’s next Chancellor of the Judiciary. However, by the time they meet again on February 7, 2018 the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) intends to conduct background checks on the candidate, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira said. “No, we ...

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Committee established to discipline lawyers

The way is now clear for Guyanese of all walks of life to lodge complaints against Attorneys-at-Law for alleged malpractices, with the establishment of a 12-member Legal Practitioners Committee (LPC) that is provided for by law. “The LPC is the body established under the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 4:01 which is charged with hearing and determining complaints against Attorneys-at-Law with disciplinary ...

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Cocaine-in-gas cylinder accused granted bail

Thirty year old Juan Anderson and thirty three year old Damion Williams stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates Court and denied a drug trafficking charge that was laid against them. The charged read that on December 24 (Christmas Eve) they had 65.027 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Chief Magistrate McLennan granted bail in ...

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Verdict pending in lawsuit over 2011 Guyana plane crash

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether an airline company should pay damages to a Connecticut woman injured in a plane crash in Guyana, South America, in 2011. Judge Michael Shea in Hartford presided over a non-jury trial this month in a lawsuit by Waterbury resident Indrawatie Shiwbodh against Caribbean Airlines. The judge is expected to rule ...

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Guyana-born man locked up in US for 30 years on wrongful rape, robbery conviction heads home for Christmas

BY CHRISTINA CARREGA and JAMES FANELLI (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) He’s home for the holidays. Guyana-born Mark Denny, 47, has spent the past three decades behind bars for a brutal rape and robbery he didn’t commit. But last week he received the greatest gift of all — his freedom. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday morning that it had moved to ...

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BREAKING: New York man convicted for shooting death of Guyanese teenage girl in Brooklyn

New York authorities on Friday announced that a man, who shot dead a 16-year old girl in their Flatbush, Brooklyn apartment, was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a teenage Guyanese girl with a sub-machine rifle. The Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez said 26-year Taariq Stephens, 26, of East Flatbush, Brooklyn will be sentenced on January 16, 2018, ...

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High Court quashes parking meter by-laws

The High Court on Friday quashed the Georgetown Parking Meter by-laws, effectively putting a brake on the system that is intended to generate much needed revenue for the cash-strapped city. “It is difficult to envisage it going forward at this time without the bylaws,” said NBS’ Attorney-at-Law, Pauline Chase. Filed by the New Building Society in February, 2017, that financial ...

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