Mac ‘gravely humiliated’ by trial

| 22/10/2015 | 49 Comments
Cayman News Service

David Baines, Cayman Islands Commissioner of Police (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

(CNS): The opposition leader has said that a deliberate conspiracy between the former governor, Duncan Taylor, and the police commissioner, David Baines, was entirely politically motivated and his October 2014 trial based on corruption allegations led to his humiliation and ridicule. In legal action against the government officials McKeeva Bush states that the allegations against him about the misuse of his government credit card were designed to remove him from office and ensure he lost the 2013 election, which he claimed he would have won were it not for the malicious prosecution.

In a short statement in response to the lawsuit, Baines confirmed he had received the writ and the matter was now in the hands of the lawyers.

“I am limited as to what I can say professionally about this case, due to the legal action, other than my actions were lawful at all times and I have engaged in no such conspiracy as that suggested,” he said. “I welcome the opportunity to respond fully to the misrepresentations made by Mr Bush in his court writ and the legal process it has initiated.”

In the ten page statement of claim filed in the Grand Court (posted below) Bush’s lawyers, Travers, Thorp Alberga, state that Bush never committed a crime as there was no policy in place at the time banning personal use of a government credit card.

Pointing to the admission by Kenneth Jefferson during the trial that case against Bush was based on an “inexplicable mistake”, the lawyers stated that the defendants in this case deliberately avoided seeking out the truth because they had colluded to ensure Bush was ousted from office. The former governor had directed and interfered with the case against Bush and ensured his arrest was carried out “in a blaze of publicity”.

Bush is claiming some $875,000 in legal costs and unspecified damages as a result of the harm he says the conspiracy to deliberately bring him down undemocratically has caused. His lawyers stated that the conspiracy caused him to lose his longstanding relationship with his bank, his family business has suffered, and he feared that he would be imprisoned. But he also not only lost his job as premier, his party lost the election, which the lawyers say the West Bay veteran would have won were it not for the conspiracy.

The statement of claim implies that the current premier, Alden McLaughlin, was involved in a secret agreement with the governor to ensure Bush’s arrest and charged, which had the desired political outcome of his “permanent removal from the office of the premier”. However, he falls short of directly accusing McLaughlin of being involved in the alleged conspiracy.

Bush and McLaughlin are currently engaged in another courtroom battle over the comments Bush made previously about the premier’s involvement in Bush’s political downfall in 2012, when McLaughlin was leader of the opposition. Following a press conference where Bush made a number of allegations against the premier, McLaughlin filed suit against Bush. That legal case is currently winding its way through the system but the veracity of the documents Bush is basing his allegation on have been called into question and are currently the subject of a forgery investigation.

CNS has contacted Duncan Taylor on the latest lawsuit and is awaiting a response.

Bush v. Baines, Taylor and Attorney General, Oct 2015

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  1. Anonymous says:

    A child-like reaction from someone with narcissistic tendencies

  2. 345 says:

    Did he get Legal Aid?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why only $875K? Henderson got $1.25million for his Tempura arrest.

    • Anonymous says:

      Henderson’s claim had merit.

    • Anonymous says:

      It very seriously is a crying shame that mckeewa is not being sued for his incredible lack of responsibility and total idiocy in the handling of this country’s money.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Please, someone explain why any Christian would think the Hon. Member’s actions were acceptable. Also, how can the Hon. Member, himself being a Christian, believe his actions were acceptable. We have some misguided laws and some downright foolish laws, but unfortunately, we had no law requiring common sense of our Leader of Government. What we have instead is a law that created ‘honourable’ in perpetuity titles!

    • Anonymous says:

      1.50 that is precisely why religion and politics should never be mixed. That a politician claims ti be a Christian is an oxymoron

  5. Anonymous says:

    well done west bay……keep on voting in the likes of mac and whogene……well done….

  6. Knot S Smart says:

    Dont worry Mac old boy… At least you still have your reputation as ‘the greatest loser ever’ in Las Vegas casino history…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cayman needs to sue mad mac for perpetually humiliating and embarrassing this country on the world stage with his incessant ignorance and arrogance.

  8. Whaisee Happenin says:

    Pure bureaucratic harassment.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “Lost his job as premier”. Hilarious. One has to assume that means he lost his job as premier of Las Vegas?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why do we allow him to continue to waste our and the court time with his frivolous bleatings? The facts were that he used a government credit card to pay for his gambling, that has been proven. In any other country that is grounds for dismissal at least and criminal prosecution. Only because he paid it back, some stupid “there is no rule covering this” argument defense and I suspect terrified cayman jurors did he escape. He abused his position as he has done all his life and XXXXX he feels hurt. Ah diddums.

  11. Anonymous says:

    “Gravely humiliated” is a frighteningly small price to pay for mckeewa’s class of ignorance.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wait and see how Tempura plays out. Interesting times

  13. Anonymous says:

    Appears to be a hopeless case absent evidence showing that the defendants knew they were doing something illegal or did what they did with the intention of harming Mr Bush. Hard to see illegality on the allegations, so he would need to show there was a predominant intention to harm Mr Bush. And that is not going to happen.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Clearly not humiliated enough if he is still there bleating and complaining. Get the message Mac – we’re all sick of you.

  15. Anonymous says:

    If Duncan Taylor says anything, it will be a shock. He said nothing about anything while he enjoyed our hospitality. I know, I met him on several occasions socially and at his beach with his wife and their dog. Duncan Taylor simply executed his gameplan to perfection and Cayman were as dumb as %$#^ to even see what it was.

    This next one, Kilpatrick, has a very serious job to do and she will tear this country in two within six months. It will appear that she is the victor, but it will be very short-lived. There will be many pieces to pick up.

    • Anonymous says:

      Kilpatrick’s already been on-island over two years. Don’t see much tearing yet.

      These islands are regarded as either a career stepping stone or a post-retirement sinecure to FCO staff, they don’t really give a toss what happens here.

  16. Anonymous says:

    A public servant “gravely humiliated”? Suck it up, buttercup.

  17. Tellme says:

    There is a lesson to be learned here. Caymanians need to stick together and don’t Let these expats in to divide and conquer . XXXXX Alden as a lawyer should know that there was no case against Mckeeva but because of political expediency he calls for a no confidence motion against his fellow Caymanian. May The Almighty God grant Mckeeva the victory he deserves.

  18. Anonymous says:

    will the Caymanians who would have celebrated also be sued?

    Doesn’t the Governor have to send complaints of alleged/perceived illegal activity to the Commissioner?

    SO the burning question for me is, why and who sent emails/letters or concerns to the Governor in the first place? Maybe I missed this during the trial but still curious about this

  19. Anonymous says:

    Mac don’t pay these haters no mind, redemption day is here!! I know Country and Western and Mango tree gonna be full this weekend with the PPM crew. LOL no sleep for the next few days Regressives!!

  20. S. Holmes says:

    And that’s just the tip of a monstrous iceberg.

    • Anonymous says:

      I think the iceberg metaphor really works well here, S. Holmes. It is widely alleged that the real reason for the court case, which could not be pursued, was what would have been truly and rightfully humiliating for Mr. Bush, not to mention the rest of us. I hope if this all gets aired in court that it will be possible to bring to the fore that huge hidden portion of the iceberg.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps now Stan Thamas can testify how he too was humiliated by commission demands from our Premier.

  21. Anonymous says:

    He should be gravely humiliated by all the stupid things he has said and done for the last 30 years. Not being prosecuted.

    • Anonymous says:

      True, the 3000 status grants and favourable promotion of brining in people used to culture of corruption

  22. Anonymous says:

    You were very rightly gravely humiliated, mckeewa bush. You should be forever ashamed of your stupendously ignorant self.

  23. Anonymous says:

    The fact that this man is still a King in this country speaks volumes about the special kind of culture that has created him.

    • SSM345 says:

      8:17, The dimwits in the district of West Bay are the only people who have created this, because they are the only people who can and are stupid enough to vote him in.

      Leave the rest of us out of it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Sorry, my bad. I wasn’t talking about Caymanian culture in general but just the part of it that creates the anti social and self centered aspect we are seeing so much of from what passes as leadership here.

  24. Sick and Tired says:

    On behalf of the rest of the population, I can say that the entire country was gravely humiliated by having a Premier galavanting about the world frequenting casinos and gambling.

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