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Nov 9, 2016

Raymond Rivers Handed Threatening Words Charge

Raymond Rivers

On Monday, activist Raymond Rivers and his attorney, Kareem Musa, appeared at the magistrate court for charges lodged against Rivers by Councilor Phillip Willoughby following what he says were online threats made against him. But it didn’t happen because according to police officers, the charge sheet was not properly completed and so he would be arraigned until today. But according to Attorney Musa, there was no hiccup in the charge sheet because when he and his client appeared before Magistrate Norman Rodriguez today, Rivers was charged with Threatening Words, a misdemeanor that carries a minimal fine even if his client is found guilty.

 

Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Attorney for Raymond Rivers

“I’m not sure if there was any hiccup actually because certainly Mister Rivers was not given a new charge sheet and I requested of the prosecution this morning, I informed him that the police officers informed me that they needed to prepare new charges for Mister Rivers. But nothing was done and today, he came for the very same charge that they had delivered to him on Sunday at the Queen Street Police station. So the matter went before the magistrate. He was offered bail in the sum of four hundred dollars and he is currently signing for that. It’s a serious charge, but it is not something that should hold up in the courts for too long.”

 

Duane Moody

“Do you think that this is unwarranted? We understand that despite efforts to settle this outside of court, Councilor Willoughby decided that he still wants to take the recourse.”

 

Kareem Musa

“Well I am not aware that the parties are trying to settle this out of court. That would; I always encourage parties to settle because if it is that there are differences—even if Mister Rivers did not say those words—if there is bad blood between the parties, I’d always encourage them to settle. But I am not aware of that taking place.”

 

According to Musa, the magistrate ordered disclosure by the ninth of January before trial shortly thereafter. 

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