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05
Oct

Appeal Court Orders New Trial in Status Scam

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Judith Douglas for a status scam theft of almost $2 million. In a ruling delivered on Monday by Judge Cheryll Richards on behalf of the higher court, the panel found that Douglas did not get a fair trial because of comments made by the trial judge in front of a jury that were rude, intimidating and inappropriate. As a result, the appeal court has ordered a re-trial.

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22
Dec

Sentence Is Cut for US Student Who Broke Quarantine

A panel of judges in the Cayman Islands on Tuesday cut the sentence of an American college student who violated the territory's coronavirus laws to two months from four months after her lawyers argued that the punishment was too harsh.

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25
March

Venezuelans and Cayman National Acquitted on Gold Smuggling Charges

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) - A jury reached not guilty verdicts last week on all charges against a group of men accused of smuggling over $6 million worth of dirty gold across international borders, believed to be the proceeds of crime. After a trial lasting more than a dozen weeks, beset by numerous delays, the men were finally acquitted Friday.

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05
Oct

Conviction overturned in $2M immigration scam case

The Court of Appeal has quashed the conviction of Judith Douglas, who was found guilty last year of cheating a dive instructor out of nearly $2 million by pretending the money was used to advance his Caymanian status application.

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22
Dec

Skylar Mack Appeal

We are grateful to the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal for agreeing to hear this case with such urgency, and the consideration with which they heard the arguments this morning.

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02
Sept

Appeal court urges rules for processing CCTV evidence

A man convicted of burglary on the basis of CCTV evidence won his appeal on Wednesday after the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal found fault with the way a police witness viewed the footage and identified a suspect.

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10
July

Court blasts police officer in negligence case

Magistrate Angelyn Hernandez had strong words on Thursday for a senior police office who was investigating complaints about cosmetic injections that went wrong.

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30
May

Prathna Bodden instructs Hugh Southey QC in important Constitutional and Bill of Rights case

Two convicted gang killers, transferred out of Cayman's Northward Prison and sent to a U.K. jail amid alleged "national security" concerns, may have to challenge that decision in London.

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22
March

No room at the inn. Time for new facilities!

Northward Prison is filled to capacity, with 213 prisoners being housed at the men’s prison and at least one individual detained in a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service holding cell in George Town.

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17
JAN

Chief Justice: Urgent need for more courtrooms

With 674 Summary Court cases carried over into this year from 2017, and a Grand Court civil case in which the parties paid to rent a hotel conference room to serve as a courtroom, the need for more court space is more urgent than ever, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie said on Wednesday at the opening of the Grand Court for 2018.

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05
June

Lack of mental health reports delays court

Jerome Cunningham’s attorney has been waiting three months for a psychiatric report to determine whether his client is fit to plead to charges that include attempted murder and attempted robbery.

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23
APR

Attorney opens new office

Lloyd Samson and partner Prathna Bodden will operate under the banner of Samson Law Associates from their waterfront office in the Harbour Centre on the corner of Mary Street and North Church Street.

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