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Sep 15, 2011

Bar Association votes quash Attorney General Bernard Pitts

Bernard B.Q. Pitts

While the new CJ is at the start of his tenure, the to and fro between the PM, the Attorney General and the Bar has been ongoing for some time. It took a strange turn when on the August twenty-sixth, the AG Bernard “B. Q.” Pitts called on the Bar Executive to withdraw a press release that it had issued expressing continued concern with the Ninth Amendment. According to the AG, the Executive had no mandate to issue the release. Soon the Executive countered with its release saying that it would not withdraw it since members been consulted and had approved.

Cheryl Krusen

This public disagreement was settled Wednesday night at a meeting of the Bar Association. News Five has been informed that the attendance was huge and the Government pulled out all the stops. Attorneys who had never been to a meeting turned up. The AG himself was present and basically led the attack against the Executive backed up by attorneys Lois Young and Denys Barrow. After heated exchanges, the Bar Executive got overwhelming support for the release. The Bar also decided to seek an expert legal opinion from Dr. Albert Fiadjoe, a well known expert on constitutional law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law at UWI. Again, the AG objected on this issue and called for a vote. The AG was deflated when members by more than two thirds majority gave the nod to seeking expert opinion.

Michel Hannah Chebat Jr.

Another hot issue was discussed. Solicitor General Cheryl Krusen has been appointed senior counsel. There was strong condemnation by members. A committee was set up to consider the validity of the appointment and to consider whether a legal challenge would be appropriate. According to the law, a person needs to be practicing for eight years to be eligible for senior counsel appointment. This afternoon a release dated September fourteenth from the Supreme Court announced the appointment of Krusen, also known as Cheryl Thompson Barrow, and attorney Michel Hannah Chebat Jr. to senior counsel.

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7 Responses for “Bar Association votes quash Attorney General Bernard Pitts”

  1. Rod says:

    See this corrupt pm putting his family first giving them jobs they do not deserve what a useless corrupt pm what a crook get out barrow guan before I stone you with mi shoes.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    Stop the NEPOTISM Barrow every high office in Belize is run by either one of your affiliates or family member.Your family members are not the only Belizeans with qualifications.Furthermore what you’re doing is a conflict of interest and is unfair to the other Belizean Citizens.Stop appointing people based on affiliations,and start appointing them based on their qualifications.This is the reason why Belize is the way it is.For us to move forward as a people these practices need to stop.

  3. Fish Market Vendor says:

    This …… head of the Bar Association really tek himself seriously!!! Did he really expect intelligent and independent members of the Bar Association would have followed him like sheep? Get the sense BQ, you ARE NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

  4. c says:

    you can see the PM hands in this… good for the Bar

  5. tired a barow says:

    Denys Barrow, Lois Barrow, Cheryl Krusen Barrow, only Barrows getting filthy rich in Belize!!!!!!!

  6. CEO says:

    Our nation is having some growing pains! I hope that some day soon the people will realize that leaders are voted into office to serve and not to dictate to the people.

    Let’s play by the rules Mr. PM!

  7. WOW says:

    Ooooooooooooooo didn’t know she was a BARROW …not mention on the news though…CRAZY !

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