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UPDATE: Backtracking Juror in Fahie's trial sticks with guilty verdict

-Second Juror no show with Former Premier Andrew A. Fahie remanded back to Federal Prison
Today, March 7, 2024, both prosecutors and defense Attorneys appeared in a Miami Federal Court before Judge Kathleen M. Williams over the matter of two of Andrew A. Fahie’s jurors who had changed their guilty verdict post-trial. Photo: Internet Source/File
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the recent high-profile trial of former [British] Virgin Islands Premier Andrew A. Fahie return to the courtroom today, March 7, 2024, when it is expected a legal solution to the post-trial drama will be resolved. Photo: VINO/File
Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the recent high-profile trial of former [British] Virgin Islands Premier Andrew A. Fahie return to the courtroom today, March 7, 2024, when it is expected a legal solution to the post-trial drama will be resolved. Photo: VINO/File
US District Judge Kathleen M. Williams had said on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the end of a court hearing, that the trial of Andrew A. Fahie, ‘From the start, this has been an unusual case in many respects’. Photo:
US District Judge Kathleen M. Williams had said on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the end of a court hearing, that the trial of Andrew A. Fahie, ‘From the start, this has been an unusual case in many respects’. Photo:
MIAMI, Florida, USA - Today, March 7, 2024, both prosecutors and defense Attorneys appeared in a Miami Federal Court before Judge Kathleen M. Williams over the matter of two of Andrew A. Fahie’s jurors who had changed their guilty verdict post-trial.

One of the two jurors, Sabrina Garcia appeared in court this morning and when asked again by Judge Williams what her verdict was, she repeated her original decision of guilty.

The other jury that was also subpoenaed to appear in court this morning could not be found according to a Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) correspondent who attended the court hearing this morning.

It is now unclear the way forward when the other juror is found as Mr Fahie who appeared in court this morning was remanded back to Federal prison.

We will keep our readers updated as this case unfolds.

See the Previous story published this morning, March 7, 2024

Attorneys for Andrew A. Fahie return to courtroom today over jurors’ backtracking

- US District Judge Kathleen M. Williams hoping federal prosecutors & defense attorneys will help her find a solution

MIAMI, Florida, USA- Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the recent high-profile trial of former [British] Virgin Islands Premier Andrew A. Fahie return to the courtroom today, March 7, 2024, when it is expected a legal solution to the post-trial drama will be resolved.

Mr Fahie was scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2024, after he was convicted on February 8 after a trial that lasted eight days, with the 12-member jury returning guilty verdicts of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, conspiracy to engage in money laundering, attempted money laundering, and interstate and foreign travel in aid of racketeering.

But in an unusual situation, two of the jurors- a man and a woman- contacted the judge to say they did not actually agree with the guilty verdicts, presenting a rare predicament on whether or not a jury’s verdict stands if members later recant their on-the-record position.

‘Unusual case’- Judge Kathleen M. Willims

“From the start, this has been an unusual case in many respects,” U.S. District Judge Kathleen M. Williams had said Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at the end of a court hearing.

Williams, expressing frustration over finding a legal basis to resolve the verdict problem, called their discussions “meaningful.” But she pressed both sides to continue examining past cases in South Florida and around the country to help her reach a “just solution.”

The court hearing today is slated for 10:00 AM.

See related articles below:

Fahie writes to court asking for it to determine whether jurors gave ‘their’ verdicts

2 jurors in Andrew A. Fahie’s trial change their minds about guilty verdict!

57 Responses to “ UPDATE: Backtracking Juror in Fahie's trial sticks with guilty verdict”

  • h**** ****h (07/03/2024, 08:49) Like (16) Dislike (64) Reply

    my people pray for me

    • bvi (07/03/2024, 14:11) Like (17) Dislike (33) Reply
      We will but first go to god in silence and sincerely ask for forgiveness of all your sins. You will be set free. Reflect and account
      • @ bvi (07/03/2024, 15:05) Like (43) Dislike (5) Reply
        It’s “God” capital “G”.

        A small “g” in god is an idol.
      • Linda (07/03/2024, 20:47) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
        He looks so thin and his broad shoulders have shrunk down.
        • @ Linda (08/03/2024, 17:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          called fat reduction
        • @linda (01/04/2024, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          This photo was already published over a year ago
          I wished we could see a photo what he looks like now rather than those nice posh GIS photos
    • GUILTY VERDICT STANDS (07/03/2024, 17:09) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      Miami judge lets guilty verdicts stand against ex-BVI premier after questioning juror

      MARCH 07, 2024 12:45 PM

      Andrew Alturo Fahie, former premier of the British Virgin Islands, was convicted in February 2024 in a cocaine trafficking trial in Miami. On Thursday, March 7, 2024, a Miami judge allowed the guilty verdict to stand after questioning a juror. BVI Government

      In a rare move, a judge subpoenaed two jurors who expressed some misgivings after a Miami federal jury voted unanimously to convict former British Virgin Islands premier Andrew Fahie of drug trafficking a month ago.

      On Thursday, one showed up in the judge’s courtroom, but the other did not.

      In a series of short questions, U.S District Judge Kathleen Williams asked the one juror whether her guilty verdicts at the end of Fahie’s Feb. 8 trial were actually her decision. The female juror’s response: “Yes.”

      With that answer, Williams allowed the 12-person jury’s guilty verdicts to stand, leaving Fahie vulnerable to a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years up to life in prison on the main charge of conspiring to import cocaine through the British territory into the United States. Fahie, 53, was also found guilty of three other charges involving money laundering and racketeering. His sentencing is set for April 29 in Miami federal court.

      “I think we’re done,” Williams told both federal prosecutors and defense attorneys, ending a month-long controversy over the jury’s unanimous guilty verdicts. “There is no room at all to maneuver.”

      Williams also said she would not make a renewed effort to bring the other subpoenaed juror into her courtroom for questioning, as she described him as “elusive.” Williams said that of the two jurors in question, he was a “lesser player” because he did not hesitate like the other one had when they were polled by the judge on their original guilty verdicts.

      The unusual dispute surfaced just after the jurors found Fahie guilty last month and the judge polled each of them on their verdicts before discharging them. Within minutes of being let go, two of the jurors contacted the judge’s office to say they had second thoughts about their verdicts.

      Federal prosecutors Kevin Gerarde and Sean McLaughin argued the judge should stick to the original unanimous verdicts, contending there was no legal basis to bring the two jurors back into court to question them. The prosecutors pointed out there was no evidence of a verdict mistake, internal or external pressure on the jury, or racist attitudes toward the defendant.

      Defense attorneys Theresa Van Vliet and Joyce Delgado countered that, despite constitutional limits on questioning a jury about deliberations, there was no reason why the two jurors with doubts about their verdicts could not be polled again by the judge.

      In the end, the judge found herself bound by legal precedent to let the verdicts stand, after questioning the one juror on Thursday. “I think it was important to brief this matter,” Williams said. “I think it was important to be transparent.”
    • duh (08/03/2024, 06:10) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      Keep up to date guys. The judge ain’t looking for no second juror. She said “ We’re done here” that’s IT! He going down. Thank the Lord.
  • h eadd c ouch (07/03/2024, 09:02) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    why is wine blocking out my name
  • jack (07/03/2024, 09:07) Like (23) Dislike (66) Reply
    Free the drew
    • Greg (07/03/2024, 20:40) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ Jack. If they free the drew, then they have to free the mother and son too.
  • Seriously? (07/03/2024, 09:08) Like (80) Dislike (8) Reply
    The verdict is final. You can’t recant, after it’s decided. This is not Hollywood make believe.
    • @ Seriously. Real Serious. (07/03/2024, 15:07) Like (3) Dislike (18) Reply
      Hope they ain kidnap or delete that missing Juror...Just a lot more mone for Lawyer in an appeal that he can win..
  • 60 Bales (07/03/2024, 09:19) Like (56) Dislike (7) Reply
    Imagine serving life for a dream that didn't came through
  • Keep Tower (07/03/2024, 09:26) Like (0) Dislike (20) Reply
    This situation has hidden hands and “my people are involved” if you believe they are in Virgen Gorda or Monserrat in the US it is punishable to prepare
  • 123 (07/03/2024, 09:41) Like (3) Dislike (47) Reply
    will fahie walk free today
  • simple solution (07/03/2024, 09:58) Like (22) Dislike (78) Reply
    • @ simple solution (07/03/2024, 15:04) Like (46) Dislike (3) Reply
      For what????!!!! To get the perks of home away from
      home prison life …he did the crime he will do the time right where is is at!!!!
  • FREE DEH DREW (07/03/2024, 10:12) Like (14) Dislike (65) Reply
  • Xxx (07/03/2024, 11:20) Like (7) Dislike (125) Reply
    He coming right back home to be premier again
  • @ xxx (07/03/2024, 12:10) Like (11) Dislike (29) Reply
    • @ “@xxx” (07/03/2024, 15:02) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
      So you think a drug dealer is….try get off the Internet spewing filth!!!!!!!
    • Lawl (08/03/2024, 09:51) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
      Ain’t nobody on the entire island ready. With the intelligence of the locals the BVI will never be ready.

      Island ran by a league of incompetent inbred local clowns who are put into power by a majority of local inbred clowns whose brains don’t possess one iota of common sense.
  • @ FREE DEH DREW (07/03/2024, 14:07) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
  • U.S ain Joke. (07/03/2024, 14:08) Like (81) Dislike (1) Reply
    They were going to go back under oath and say what they have to say, Risk getting lock up for Perjury along of being investigated for other stuff. The U.S is not Tortola. .
  • (07/03/2024, 14:26) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Boi the quicker you do ur ten years the easier it going be stop fight….blacca done doing close to 4 and he is the one that bring the play
    • More than 10 (07/03/2024, 14:53) Like (32) Dislike (2) Reply
      10 would’ve been considered had he not waste the courts time. Even if they wanted to give him less time now the system is designed to make a example out of those who wish to test their luck at triall
  • understanding (07/03/2024, 14:57) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    The judge said she is done with the case. The other juror whom she claimed as elusive can stay elusive is he wants to, as he was clear in his reaponse in court. Case done. Nothing to unfold. Appeal is next, who will pay. As this process will cost 3 to 4 times more.
    • To Understanding (07/03/2024, 17:45) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is what the report in the Miami Herald says also. The judge decided, today, that there is no precedent that can change the guilty verdict. And they are not going to bother to look for the juror who failed to show up today.
  • skuntington (07/03/2024, 15:07) Like (11) Dislike (17) Reply
    land of the turtle dove...
    thats where the birds fly...
    airplanes that drop by
    Tola man broke? thats a damn lie
    • @skuntington (07/03/2024, 20:07) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
      İm sure you had to flee from your homeland to make a living in this same Tortola
  • resident (07/03/2024, 15:15) Like (34) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't know where you got your news because I read that the results of today is final. They are not looking for the other juror. They are not going back to the case.
  • Walter (07/03/2024, 15:55) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who says he’ll get ten? Ten is the
    Minimum he can get on the conspiracy charge. It can go up to life. So while we don’t know how many years he’ll have to do, we
    Know for sure ain’t going be under 10
    • (07/03/2024, 20:35) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      No actual drugs was touch but he did take cash so that charge might start him at ten…

      Others from around here doing time in state fed who actually got caught with bales ain’t even get crack ten years but the all took dealssssss lol
  • Goodbye Andrew (07/03/2024, 16:12) Like (74) Dislike (7) Reply
    Goodbye and good riddance - perhaps some of you will eventually wake up and realize the damage this man’s arrogance and greed has done to the reputation of this beautiful place and to our people. I hope we never see him here ever again!
    • HAITIPOPADOC (07/03/2024, 23:10) Like (6) Dislike (12) Reply
      But you want to see those who brought your grandfather from Ghana to work for free to build the UK? Still some house slaves around. He didn't do worst than England and France did to the Caribbean. Stand by your own.
  • Corespondent? (07/03/2024, 16:30) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who dat is? Pardna who used to be on Zrod? Mehente or some crap name like dat? Hmmmm…
  • Verdict Stands (07/03/2024, 16:31) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    A United States judge ruled today that the Feb. 8 guilty verdicts against former premier Andrew Fahie will stand despite concerns reportedly raised by two jurors shortly after his trial, according to the Miami Herald.
  • ma yute (07/03/2024, 17:34) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
    free head coach
  • Tom Jerry (07/03/2024, 17:47) Like (27) Dislike (2) Reply
    The premier spread his bed hard to he had to lay in it. This man so wicked and evil always calling on God God and fasting and prayer and still he doesn’t mean anything that he was saying. This is not the BVI where name sake stands. This is Uncle Sam county. So you do the crime not you serve the time. Am not rejoicing but God is not a mockery.
  • Joker of Road Town (07/03/2024, 18:28) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Brown Bummer of West End is now a resident of Miami for the next upteen years
  • round rock (07/03/2024, 19:19) Like (12) Dislike (37) Reply
    The plot of the British isn't over as yet. They will try with others in the government and in the community. The people of the Virgin Islands must be watchful and be aware of the wolves in sheep's clothing. I am sorry for Hon. Andrew Fahie.
    • voter (07/03/2024, 21:33) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Wolf in sheep’s clothing? Bringing cases against criminals and putting them behind bars is called justice.
    • The Redwhiteandblue (07/03/2024, 23:13) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
      You are the only one on here blogging with real sense. This is not about Andrew. This is about what them Scorchey People in Flats wanted. It ain't over yet. Your days are numbered. Karma will take you out sooner than later and let you go lap your tail on England Greens.
    • @tound rock (08/03/2024, 01:13) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
      We ARE British.
  • Hmmm. (07/03/2024, 19:43) Like (51) Dislike (14) Reply
    Let’s call him what he is! Convicted felon Andrew A. Fahie. His greed and his greed alone got him is this situation, he brought shame to the BVI.

    hope he rots in prison.
  • Head coach Jr (07/03/2024, 20:04) Like (8) Dislike (24) Reply
    As one gone another one is born don’t worry Andrew your soldiers still out here strong
  • Nincompoops (07/03/2024, 21:45) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    You Andrew fans are stupid bad and in some serious denial. Good luck to you all.
  • Forbidden Truth (08/03/2024, 01:27) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bottom line .......Andrew Alturo Fahie will do time... end story n talk
  • Political Prisoner (08/03/2024, 06:22) Like (5) Dislike (32) Reply
    This man should be free based on diplomatic immunity. No justice, no peace.... Our leader got framed and captured. Free the Drew, free our Premier!!! Another example of the justice system being politically weaponized to bring down the leaders.
  • Hmm (08/03/2024, 07:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • HMMM (08/03/2024, 08:22) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope this is a lesson for many. If only be accepted accountability for his actions instead of denying it, that would've saved him some prison time.
    The US judicial system is nothing to be toyed with. The things you could do here and get away with, don't try that $#¡t in the US. Best wishes to him. Hopefully he uses this time to retreat and repent for his actions.
  • tola (08/03/2024, 09:32) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Fahie set his own self up by engaging with said criminals. Money will make some ppl do weird and life threatening stuff just to make it so don't feel bad for someone who made bad choices with a clear conscience. Just give it till end of year he's going to make a deal and start talking bout everyone else who was on his team moving drugs
  • judge (08/03/2024, 10:41) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    John 12:47
    “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

    John 8:7
    He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.
  • jack@$$ (08/03/2024, 11:33) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the false profit today? Exposing season is active.
    • lol (09/03/2024, 13:16) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      "False profit" indeed, when you end up with none, for it is written, "what shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?"
  • justice (09/03/2024, 15:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    EX Gov Jaspert has been vindicated.
    Andrew ,Fahie deserves maximum.of 20 years inclusive of all charges.
    He has been on the USA's watch.list for years but neglected to practice humility specifically in his interactions with Jaspert. When u wrong and strong ting does reveal.
    Mocking God too? No words!

    But worse of all Mocking God all these years.

    Head leader of these VI, he has done irreparable damage to its people

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