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USVI Governor Kenneth E. Mapp threatened with 'defamation of character' lawsuit

- according to USVI website VI Consortium
USVI Governor Mr Kenneth E. Mapp (left) and former Governor Charles W. Turnbull during the 42nd celebration of USVI/VI Friendship Day at the Central Administration Complex in Road Town, Tortola on October 24, 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Lauded and well-known St Croix attorney Lee J. Rohn reportedly told The Consortium on Sunday November 15, 2015 that she would file suit against Governor Kenneth E. Mapp for defaming the character of her client, Attorney LaVerne Mills-Williams, who Ms Rohn is representing in a separate suit of wrongful discharge against the Mapp administration. Photo:Twitter
Lauded and well-known St Croix attorney Lee J. Rohn reportedly told The Consortium on Sunday November 15, 2015 that she would file suit against Governor Kenneth E. Mapp for defaming the character of her client, Attorney LaVerne Mills-Williams, who Ms Rohn is representing in a separate suit of wrongful discharge against the Mapp administration. Photo:Twitter
ST CROIX, USVI- Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) His Excellency Kenneth E. Mapp has been threatened with a defamation of character lawsuit, USVI news website VI Consortium is reporting.

According to the article published today, November 16, 2015, lauded and well-known attorney Lee J. Rohn told The Consortium on Sunday November 15, 2015 that she would file suit against Governor Kenneth Mapp for defaming the character of her client, Attorney LaVerne Mills-Williams, who Ms Rohn is representing in a separate suit of wrongful discharge against the Mapp administration.

It further said Mr Mapp fired Mrs Mills-Williams because, according to the governor, she had adjoined herself to a “convicted criminal known for consorting with persons who have been convicted on more than one occasion of trafficking in, distributing and using narcotics and other illegal substances in and through the US Virgin Islands.” The alignment Mr Mapp is referring to is Attorney Rohn, an accusation that Ms Rohn told this publication on Sunday kept in line with Mr Mapp’s history of “pettiness and vindictiveness.”

“Unfortunately, I meet the definition of a public figure under the defamation standard so he can say anything he wants to about me no matter how false. But I will be suing him personally for falsely accusing Mills-Willliams of knowingly consorting with a criminal and a person who associates with drug dealers and that she is of such low moral character that she would allow her association with me to corrupt her. What he has done to that poor woman is so vindictive. Fortunately, he has exposed himself for what he is,” Ms Rohn told The Consortium via email, using a verified account from her practice’s website.

Two suits are headed the governor’s way, then. The first for firing Mrs Mills-Williams and the second, which will be filed against the governor personally, a defamation of character suit.

The tension between the governor and Mrs Mills-Williams continues to amplify; birthed after a fallout over the governor’s credit card spending habits. Ostensibly, Mr Mapp wanted to see and possibly block certain expenses from the public’s view — in violation of the Freedom of Information Act — but Mrs Mills-Williams refused to adhere to the governor’s demands, according to local media reports. She was later unceremoniously relieved from her duties at Government House, where she served as special assistant attorney general to the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands, and jounced to and fro to various government departments by the administration.

In his notice of termination letter to Mrs Mills-Williams — which Ms Rohn told The Consortium was delivered to her client late at night by Mr Mapp’s security guards — the territory’s leader said he could not trust Attorney Mills-Williams with sensitive documents because of her alignment with Ms Rohn. The argument was dismantled by Ms Rohn, however, making known that her client was not involved in any criminal case while at Government House or the Department of Justice.

“I am not confident that your access and potential influence to ongoing criminal investigations and evidence would not be compromised on behalf of and through your association with Attorney Lee J. Rohn,” wrote the governor in his notice of termination letter.

Mr Mapp directed Mr Walker to immediately terminate Mrs Mills-Williams’ access to files, communications equipment, and all Department of Justice property, and to process a final payroll payment to her for the period October 5, 2015, through the last day she was physically present for work at the Department of Justice, the online news site reported.

13 Responses to “USVI Governor Kenneth E. Mapp threatened with 'defamation of character' lawsuit”

  • Okay now (16/11/2015, 16:04) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was BVI we would have said that they disrespecting the leader. Also it would have been swept under the rug while the public servant get destroyed for doing the right thing. Their controlling magic can't work forever.
  • Xxx (16/11/2015, 16:09) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mappy boy how you get in dat?
  • Help (16/11/2015, 16:11) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    The public servants need help from this NDP gang. There needs to be legislation to protect public servants who see wrong and corruption and want to speak out against it but can't right now because this government will find a way to destroy them and have them paddling for their life for the rest of their life. Many examples of this in the Ports project, the many projects in ME&C and the list goes on. No one is protecting the public purse because no one is protecting public servants that want to do right.
  • good (16/11/2015, 16:30) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to follow this action in the BVI because this gang getting away with too much. Our tax dollars going through the door like non stop rain into certain pockets and we so afraid of them that we can't say a word. Look at the Ports Project. Look at the hospital project. Look at most projects and heads under ME&C including the Jericho wall around the ESHS. Look at the chinese equipment worth five hundred thousand dollars but we paid a million to the chinese minister without a tender process. The list can go on & on. No laws in place to protect us from this ongoing abuse of power while they get richer and more powerful that we can't afford to touch them.
  • just imagine (16/11/2015, 16:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Could you imagine if the real truth ever comes out here about the cost of these Ministers trips and what they do on the trips socially and otherwise. Especially for moron, done deal & the yellow suit minister. All I would say is that the public would drop down because it will make this story look like child's play.
    • Paris (16/11/2015, 17:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      And the boys in dem room
    • Intro please (19/11/2015, 19:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You must be a peeping Tom to have such first hand knowledge. Or maybe you are a coparticipant who is taken along on these trips. Tell us about you.
  • GRANNY (16/11/2015, 16:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "birds of a feather flock together"
  • right handed (16/11/2015, 16:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Are they left handed?
  • Rough Seas (16/11/2015, 19:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yo me ma laugh look mele who them boy in the room eh?
  • ALSO (17/11/2015, 09:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    While we are talking about what all happens when these dictators of ours go away please don't forget the many magic people moron meets when he goes away until some even living here now. SMH.
  • Mytery (17/11/2015, 09:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like the NDP waz Mr Map will be reelected come 2018


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