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Vanterpool hauling Speaker to Court; Hearing Date Set

-Comes after failed attempt to delay HoA Sitting, demanded Speaker swear him into D4 seat
In a media realise late Tuesday afternoon, Mr Vanterpool—who was present for today’s HoA sitting—further said that through his attorneys, they tried to force House Speaker Julian Willock to have him sworn into the HoA on April 1, 2019, however that did not happen. Photo: Facebook/File
“The House proceeded today and the Speaker refused to swear me in. In addition, my attorneys filed for judicial review on the whole matter and considering the urgency, the High Court granted a hearing date for Wednesday 10th April 2019,” Mr Vanterpool said. Photo: Facebook
“The House proceeded today and the Speaker refused to swear me in. In addition, my attorneys filed for judicial review on the whole matter and considering the urgency, the High Court granted a hearing date for Wednesday 10th April 2019,” Mr Vanterpool said. Photo: Facebook
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr Augustus J.U Jaspert later said that the resignation was indeed invalid, however, despite this, Speaker Willock has maintained that the resignation was accepted and has refused to swear in Mr Vanterpool into the HoA, instead opting to move to court to have the matter settled. Photo: VINO/File
Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr Augustus J.U Jaspert later said that the resignation was indeed invalid, however, despite this, Speaker Willock has maintained that the resignation was accepted and has refused to swear in Mr Vanterpool into the HoA, instead opting to move to court to have the matter settled. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The saga over the District Four seat of Representative-elect, Mark H. Vanterpool continues with a revelation that he tried to delay today’s April 2, 2019, Second Sitting of the First Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) and has taken legal action against the Speaker.

April 1st Demands

In a media release late Tuesday afternoon, Mr Vanterpool—who was present for today’s HoA sitting—further said that through his attorneys, they tried to force House Speaker Julian Willock to have him sworn into the HoA on April 1, 2019, however, Hon Willock did not accede to his demands.

“Yesterday, 1st April 2019, through my attorneys, I sought a response from the Speaker to my request to be sworn in my letter to him on March 14th, 2019, in keeping with Section 67 (3) (a) of the Virgin Islands Constitution."

Mr Vanterpool continued, “My attorneys further advised the Speaker that should he not accede to my request by 2:00 pm yesterday April 1st, 2019, I would seek further redress on the matter.”

He said on the evening of April 1, 2019, the legal team also, “asked the High Court for an injunction to delay the House meeting to allow me to be able to participate on behalf of my constituents in the Fourth District, in the Budget process,” however, that too did not materialise.

Injunction not granted

“The House proceeded today and the Speaker refused to swear me in. In addition, my attorneys filed for judicial review on the whole matter and considering the urgency, the High Court granted a hearing date for Wednesday 10th April 2019,” Mr Vanterpool said while noting that Her Ladyship, Vicky Ellis heard the request to delay the HoA and was minded not to grant the injunction.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, my people of the Fourth, I am still hopeful that this matter would be resolved without delay and therefore allow me some time to participate in the Budgetary proceedings, having been sworn into my rightful place in the House of Assembly,” Mr Vanterpool implored.

The saga over the District 4 seat has its genesis in a resignation letter Mr Vanterpool submitted to the HoA on March 5, 2019, which was later recanted on March 14, 2019, citing incorrect resignation procedure.

Court will decide  

Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr Augustus J.U Jaspert later said that the resignation was indeed invalid, however, despite this, Speaker Willock has maintained that the resignation was accepted and has refused to swear Mr Vanterpool into the HoA, instead opting to move to court to have the matter settled.

25 Responses to “Vanterpool hauling Speaker to Court; Hearing Date Set ”

  • Eagle Eye (02/04/2019, 20:10) Like (45) Dislike (33) Reply
    $500 bet that El Marko wins the case.where the NDP haters at.
    • Strupps!! (02/04/2019, 20:54) Like (58) Dislike (19) Reply
      Mark is a day late and a dollar short.

      Whether the court rules in his favour or not he should learn that his irresponsible actions have consequences. I hope he loses the case.
    • Naughty noodle (02/04/2019, 21:52) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
      The Esteemed does not do well as a defendant in the BVI Court. He lost every single application in the defamation litigation with Dr O’Neal and went down for 20 grand and for costs.
      I hope that the costs of his represented is. It being paid by the tax payer - the AG has already told him that he is going to lose.
      Who is acting for The Action Man? Presumably not Gerry who has previously acted for the Esteemed - but won’t want to act for him again without full and proper ‘instructikns’ The Esteemed won’t instruct the AG and may go to Jamal (who acted in the disasterous libel case).
  • Rasta Lives (02/04/2019, 20:14) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    that wickhams cay money doing great things came in very handy for legal payments
  • the rock (02/04/2019, 20:36) Like (23) Dislike (34) Reply
    Hon Premier please bell that cat, you have dominated the election, please lets move on, the people of the 4th want Hon. Vanterpool, the polls showed it!
    • Outspoken (02/04/2019, 21:29) Like (46) Dislike (10) Reply
      @ the rock. Rightfully said, “the people of the fourth want hon. Vanterpool but hon Vanterpool do not care nor want the people of the fourth. That written resignation, that public broadcast shows that. This is a perfect matter for the court to decide. A precedent needs to be set. Let mark or anyone else who wish to try that recklessness know that such actions will not be tolerated.
  • weed (02/04/2019, 20:38) Like (34) Dislike (2) Reply
    I need a big bag of popcorn
  • Outside looking in (02/04/2019, 20:44) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
    2 grown hairy men got the country hostage
    • Big up Vino (03/04/2019, 07:26) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
      Appreciate Vino for posting all blogs for and against ...Its hard to post blogs that rip up and tare down their boss ..
  • Socabaptiste (02/04/2019, 21:00) Like (26) Dislike (22) Reply
    Well sir look at how the vip have Willock just like how trump have the doj
  • ... (02/04/2019, 21:30) Like (24) Dislike (13) Reply
    We with the esteemed speaker and the good thing is, let freedom rain
  • :) (02/04/2019, 21:55) Like (56) Dislike (7) Reply
    Mark could have saved himself a lot of time and money if he just took his win like the other 12 elected members of the HOA.
  • wize up (02/04/2019, 22:55) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    some acting as do the court system is something new to settling disputes in this Virgin Islands: when cline anticipated getting his contract renewed that matter was taken before the court...
  • Disinterested (02/04/2019, 23:41) Like (25) Dislike (6) Reply
    Mark cause this mockery of the electoral process; it is a poppy show. He is the ring master and still in the circus/ring. Can Mark claim he cares about District Four? He can but he has a perculiar way of showing. Ran and was re-elected and then submitted his resignation 7 days later, exercising the voters of D-4. Even if Mark wins the legal battle, he loses, for his image will be tarnished. He may win the legal battle but loses the political battle.
  • LAW (03/04/2019, 03:52) Like (31) Dislike (5) Reply
    He wrote a letter he did a vedio and he never show up on February 12, so there you go
  • @:) (03/04/2019, 06:18) Like (23) Dislike (14) Reply
    Don't think that Mark is the one loosing time and money. Seems like the 4th district taxpayers ( voters and non voters alike) are getting zero value for their hard earned tax dollars because the speaker needs to satisfy his ego.
  • Feel N Sad . Not good 4 VIP (03/04/2019, 07:20) Like (18) Dislike (18) Reply
    This is so sad. When we become so loyally blind and deaf that common sense become uncommon and irrelevant . Common sense is the one gift our creator gave all of us....This matter to me is as simple as ABC..It shouldn't reach this far. "The Clerk received the letter addressed to her she replied to the sender and said that she is not the person or the authority that this letter to be address to and advice the sender to resubmit to the speaker the proper authority and the sender changes his mind and did Not which to resign hence no resignation was address to the speaker ..So there is no resignation letter period "...Simple common sense ...This to me is the start of VIP down fall . 3 reasons why 1/ They are going to lose in court ..2/ They are not just challenging Mark. They are also telling the governor that he is a fool he doesn't know what he is talking about when he advised them to Swear Mark in....3/ How are they going to explain the waste of tax payers money .....Listening to the Premier he seems to be implying that because NDP spent recklessly he has the green light to do the same...This is sad ..
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    • @ feel n sad (03/04/2019, 09:39) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
      So I guess only thise with the NDP has common sense so answer these if you may. 1) regardless if the speaker loses in court I can garauntee it won't be it the amounts that the NDP has had to pay out, want to bet? 2) Mark can go siddung and wasn't it the NDP speaker who made her position clear that she wasn't going to swear the governor in her house? Talk about a slap in the face but it was all OK with you. 3) While you're here talking about waste of taxpayers money...cough*, may I remind you but please do explain the millions and millions in freebies and giveaways by the previous party. Let the court decide this matter for clarity in case we're ever faced with this issue again. Your premier never did said much but then again I guess you more understood the sign language/def man jam politics he displayed. Daddy Friday thought you well but remember dumb can't lead blind. VIP
    • @Feel N Sad. Nog good 4 VIP (03/04/2019, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      You assume that your facts are correct. Even the facts in this case seem to change depending on who is dealing with. There are no winners and losers here except the country. Let the courts decide.
  • wize up (03/04/2019, 08:37) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    this territory clawed its way out to where we are today: from around 1975 this territory was removed from grant in aid by United Kingdom: some vex simply because the speaker not following the instructions of the governor: Great Britain had no vested interest in this part of the world and for many many years our foreparents toiled long and hard for these Britain Virgin Islands suddenly our people must take the back seat and no longer have the ability to be the masters of their own destiny: suddenly Great Britain comes waltzing back into the West Indies and all of her subjects must again all to our knees
  • jokers (03/04/2019, 09:25) Like (8) Dislike (14) Reply
    WILLOCK FOR THE NEXT PREMIER
    WE NEED PEOPLE WHO GONA
    PUT THEIR FOOT DOWN
  • Concerned! (03/04/2019, 10:39) Like (15) Dislike (16) Reply
    The previous government need be taught a lesson. I hope The D4 Candidate doesn't win this court hearing and he is taught a good lesson. They are to unjust and manipulative. The done such evil to this country but thank God for delivering us from the hands of pharaoh. Why are people even still supporting this man after there administration has done soo much damages to this country. The greatest storm came upon the land under the NDP administration with no sort of assistance and support to the people.


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