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Dec 16, 2008

D.P.P. stands by her decision in Brannon trial

Story PictureHer decision to drop the charges has caused outrage, but when we called Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Branker-Taitt, to respond, she explained that there is a logical reason for her decision.

Cheryl-Lynn Branker-Taitt, Director of Public Prosecutions
“I don think it is the business of the D.P.P. to be calling into talk shows to defend decisions. I made a decision in the best interest of the case. A jury is entitled to hear all the evidence in the best and most proper form before they are called upon to adjudicate. I acted, after having spoken to the witness and with his approval, his doctor, regardless of what is being said now, and only after consultation with the significant family members of the deceased. It is a decision that I stand by and I think it is improper for me to comment further on the case as it will again be before the court. As to my commitment to my job as prosecutor, I don’t think I need to say anything; my record speaks for itself.”

Marion Ali
“Do you intend to call back this case and the witnesses?”

Cheryl-Lynn Branker-Taitt
“Certainly, the case was discontinued because I was assured that it was not appropriate for Fitzroy Yearwood to be called to court to testify. As soon as I have been told that he is in a position to go to court, the case will be brought back up.”

Marion Ali
“Mr. Yearwood seems to think, based on the statements he has made publicly, that you were trying to make a scapegoat out of him, that the case had to abruptly end or be called off or suspended.”

Cheryl-Lynn Branker-Taitt
“There’s no question of a scapegoat. He was unable to attend court and so the case was discontinued. No one is putting any blame on Mr. Yearwood for his inability to attend court.”

Branker-Taitt told News Five that she intends to file the charges again against the two accused men, that is of course, if they can then be located.

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