Mac sues over failed criminal charges

| 21/10/2015 | 88 Comments
Cayman News Service

McKeeva Bush, Leader of the Opposition

(CNS): The opposition leader’s lawyers have filed a much-anticipated lawsuit against former governor Duncan Taylor, Commissioner of Police David Baines and Attorney General Samuel Bulgin in connection with his arrest, charges and subsequent trial over abuse of office allegations regarding the alleged misuse of his government credit card. Twelve months ago McKeeva Bush was acquitted of eleven corruption charges that alleged he used the card in casinos to draw cash for gambling on slot machines.

Since the jury found him not guilty in October 2014, the opposition leader has persistently indicated he intended to sue, as he said the accusations were nothing more than trumped-up charges designed to derail his political career undemocratically and oust him from office and undermine his chances in the 2013 election.

Bush said he would take legal action regarding the alleged conspiracy against him and it is understood that the veteran West Bay MLA is seeking millions in costs and damages.

Check back to CNS tomorrow for full details of the suit, which was filed in Grand Court Wednesday evening.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    He will presumably be suing in the tort of misfeasance in public office. That requires proof that a public officer knew they were acting illegally. It almost never gets off the ground. He is on a hiding to nothing. And those who make such allegations and fail usually have to pay indemnity costs.

    • Anonymous says:

      In other words this is yet another Mac gamble, wasting our money.

    • Anonymous says:

      Like ruining Brian Tomlinson’s life for trying to uphold the law when Mac’s buddy tried to illegally import explosives ?

  2. Rp says:

    So who’s going to pay the legal fees and potential payout? The U.K. or us Caymanians? If the UK then fine but if not, why is this guy suing us? I thought he was an honorable man and cared for us.

    Is he upset because of OMOV, realizing he’ll never have the perks of a Premier? Does he need to supplement his income because of this?

  3. Anonymous says:

    CNS where is the writ??

    CNS: It will be attached with the full story. Soon come.

  4. Anonymous says:

    He don’t need to hid idiot its the progressives and the government that need to be worried!!

    • Anonymous says:

      Weĺl looks like another one made it to 5th grade.

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhsps one day you will wake up enough to understand he’s suing you just like he’s suing everyone in Cayman, lunatic.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Mac, you can’t hide from discovery and cross examination in civil proceedings. Just sayin’.

  6. Anonymous says:

    So essentially what this means is that everyone who has been charged with a crime and then found not guilty can turn around and then sue everyone? Oh boy!

    • Fred says:

      You can of course sue. Winning is another matter, and the outcome will not be decided by a jury. You would have to show that the charges were unreasonable. And if you lose, you get to pay your own costs and the defence’s. Better have a big budget and be able to afford to lose before you go down that road, plus allow for all the allegations to be re – aired in public and the media.

    • Anonymous says:

      So basic, yes, it is your deocratic and legal right to do so!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Reading all these comments makes me realize how silly some people are. So you expect this man whether we like him or not to take the embrassment, ridicule, stigma etc that we as a country exposed him to and just sail off in the sunset because he loves his country.

    Well you all are idiots, Mac will sail into the sunset but with hsi millions after he wins this case!! Stand for your rights mac and please dont stop fighting for ours either some people are so blinded they can’t see that you are the only one fighting for these Cayman Islands.

    • Anonymous says:

      Sure he is going to win millions on this case, just like he did at the casinos.

    • SSM345 says:

      12:17, people look you in our midst are in serious need of mental health facilities.

      To support a man who was the Leader of this Country, who gallivanted around the world gambling with our money, who then get off because there wasn’t a piece of paper in place telling him he was not allowed to do it is a complete slap in your face, my face and everyone who lives in this Country by Mac.

      Now, to further shove it up our arses, he is going to sue us. He belongs in prison or a retirement home and the sooner he goes to either, the better off our Country will be.

      If his actions were done by someone in a position of trust in the private sector, they would be in prison long time.

      Yours and others blatant support of XXXX is doing nothing but further damage to our already tarnished image but you are clearly to stupid too understand how the world works.

    • Anonymous says:

      Seek help my friend, seek help!

  8. Anonymous says:

    WOW. The shameless boy named sue at work. Alden where ARE you?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Obviously JTB you don’t know the difference between a crime and morality. Morality isn’t judged in a court house its between the individual and his God!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Once again, narrow legality trumps morality.

  11. Anonymous says:

    My mother always told me you spit in the sky it fall in your face, well cayman islands you spit in the sky one too many times!! For far too long these islands have allowed its people to be msitreated by others and left with the impression that this is what they deserve and this is how they should be treated. Well guess what not today bobo, Mac do what you have to, this fight is for all of us that wrong was done to!!

    #hardmanfedead #nottodaybobo #singasankyfindyourwayhome #futurepremier

  12. Anonymous says:

    Here is the man who convinced most of the population of how broke we were as a nation? But yet, he turns around and sues the same nation that he is said to care about and represent. SMH. Dear Mac – please GET A LIFE. What if everyone that you have done wrong, talked nastily to etc. over the years, was to sue you? Don’t think your pockets are fat enough to control that influx of payouts my dear, so best you go have several seats and do what you are being paid to do. Thanks.

    • Cass says:

      No, dear. That was PPM, UDP left us with a surplus. Guaranteed this government will leave us in a huge deficit. Just hold tight man, you will see!

      • Anonymous says:

        I can’t believe how many fools like you still exist – Mac really has pulled the wool over your eyes and sewn it up. Very sad to see.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Well the regressives as you can see mac not got time to study you all and PAC he got bigger fish to fry. You all will go down as the worse government these islands have every seen.

    #poor people mistake

  14. Anonymous says:

    All I can say is I will be getting my popcorn ready and watching closely. I am a caymanian and can say that we deserve everything we get from this man. We were so stupid to belive everything they fed us in the papers and watched on tv, but no more I am one caymanian that has woken up and I hope he gets millions for what his country did to him!! SMH

  15. Anonymous says:

    His payout will surely influence members of his constituency… He’s the Caymanian Robin Hood.

    • Anonymous says:

      Caymanian Robin Hood with (Government) OUR money, not his, he only throws / gives away our money, just read the Auditor General’s reports.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I just lifted this excerpt from the Compass: The writ goes on to claim that the charges made Mr. Bush the subject of “public attention, contempt and ridicule” and resulted in irreparable damage to his reputation both locally and internationally.

    How many here are worried that the Crown might call you as a witness to say you viewed him with contempt and ridicule long before Baines or Taylor ever arrived in Cayman?

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe only you! This has absolutely nothing to do with trumped up charges against an individual that the court found not gulity! Hater!!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Fun to see the shoe on the other foot, all tight, smelly and uncomfortable. Now you know how civil servants felt when their email accounts were ordered to be examined in your fishing expedition to find out who was exposing the questionable actions that were taking place between 2009 and 2013. As they say, Karma is a bitch.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Whether we like Bush or not he should sue us and we deserve to pay for this stupid act of bringing this to court. Only idiots or ppl with an agenda would have brought such stupidness to a court of law. Mr., Bush I wish you all the best!!

    • JTB says:

      The fact that he was found not guilty does not mean it shouldnt have been brought to court. I find it hoprrifying that he did in fact withdraw more than $50,000 from a public credit card to gamble with, and would have been outraged if he had not been charged. We all have our own view on the verdict, but no-one can possibly say that he did not have a case to answer.

      • Anonymous says:

        22/10/2015 at 11:03am – Hater! Get over it. The jury has spoken. HE IS NOT GUILTY! Porn Watcher, liar, cheating are other immoral conducts. I also noted that your grammar is poor.

        • Fred says:

          ” I also noted that your grammar is poor” – as is yours, my friend,

          • Anonymous says:

            22/10/2015 at 1:57pm – Yes, we can discuss grammar but stop hating a man who the Court of Law has found not guilty! Stop making baseless and unfounded satements, Twit!

            • Fred the Piemaker says:

              What baseless and unfounded accusations did i make? All I said was that you shouldn’t criticise others’ grammar when your own is lacking. Guess you are the one that sees criticism of your idol in every post.

              Rather than disappoint you, tell you what, I will stop “hating” him when he explains the Stan Thomas letter, explains what he was doing spending 15 hours straight in a casino on an official trip, explains why his real estate company received massive commissions at the same time that government concessions were granted to the Ritz’s developer, explains why CIG decided to acquire certain lands in West bay at significantly over market price, explains the economics behind the Cohen deal, explains his involvement in the First Cayman Bank fiasco, confirms he has absolutely no economic interest in the BVI entity behind Midland Acres… where to stop, so many examples over such an illustrious career.

            • Anonymous says:

              There are many travesties of justice and this is by far the biggest one for Cayman.

        • Diogenes says:

          Are you saying Mr Bush is a porn watcher, liar and cheat?

        • SSM345 says:

          11:03, it really goes to show how utterly retarded Mac’s supporters are when they are cheering him on to sue themselves.

          • Cass says:

            I hope you don’t think the current Premier gives 2 hoots about his people or anyone else residing in these Cayman Islands. THAT would be very silly but hey, ignorance is bliss mate!

          • Anonymous says:

            Wrong! his supporters are on handouts… He is suing us to support them. We loose bredda.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I wonder why my attorney advised me not to sue govt for attempting to destroy my life with false accusations/arrest/imprisonment and a trial that lasted 2 minuets
    He told me I would win but only get an atta boy but no $$$$

  20. Anonymous says:

    Big Mac will be subject to deposition, this should be interesting.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Mr Bush have you not done enough wrong things? Do you really need to punish us more by costing us we the people our goverment millions of dollars to deal with you? Why don’t you take that fat pension and health care plan that you all awarded yourselves and retire ?

    • Anonymous says:

      22/10/2015 at 8:15am – Hater! Get over it; your head is still in the sand. THIS CASE COSTS MILLIONS and millions are required. Mr. Bush never started this circus and he must be compensated.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wonder what happened with Alden’s suit against MacKeeva for slander and false accusations?

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s probably the reason for bringing the writ against Baines and Taylor. Your Honour it must be true, otherwise how could I sue Baines and Taylor?

    • Anonymous says:

      22/10/2015 at 8:13am – Premier Alden, take keen note, be very careful; Mr. Jefferey Cox has clearly showed his capabilities in a court of law.

    • Anonymous says:

      Stuck in the antiquated court queue no doubt

  23. Anonymous says:

    The Cayman Islands Jack Warner. Clean hands and a pure heart.

    • Anonymous says:

      HATER! This case cannot be compared to the Jack Warner case, Moron, which is still in progress. The Jury found Mr. Bush not guilty.

  24. Shhhhhhhh. says:

    The sad fact in all this is, if he wins, it will be the Cayman Govt. and taxpayers that pay, and not the instigators of the alleged plot.

    • Anonymous says:

      If you believe for one second that mckeewa gives, or has ever given a flying hoot about the Cayman islands government and taxpayers i do suggest you start thinking again. Obviously he wouldn”t have been blissfully gamblimg away tens of thousands of taxpayers money while travelling and living it up at our expense if he did.

    • SSM345 says:

      His previous “victory” for the credit card fiasco and his subsequent reaction outside the court was a straight F You to the people of this Country, he knows full well what he did was wrong and he should have been punished accordingly.

      I for one feel even more insulted by this, he has absolutely no shame whatsoever.

      • Anonymous says:

        22/10/2015 at 10:02am – “Victory”! The jury in a court law found Mr. Mac not guilty. His non guilty verdict is a victory give to him by jury of his peers in a court of law. I find your comments hateful, baseless and unfounded just like the charges against him. Get over it and understand that he must be compensated for the circus he was legally invited and forced in chains to attend

  25. Unison says:

    Oh boy … something tells me that this man is going to use his court victories to not only get reelected, but once attain power regroup a new party and not rest until he brings down his enemies. The new electoral system is not going to hurt him from getting back in power one bit. Like Trump in the United States, he’s going to use negative energy to his advantage. If you conspire or try to fight against him, you only emboldened him.

    And all this, at our expense.

    • DaWaYuGet says:

      The FCO Governor Tayor and its local assets got it wrong during the trial so there is a price to pay that’s how the system works. If the Premier of the country can be targeted then anybody can be next. The conspiracy is real wake up Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      22/10/2015 at 3″16am – Is this all you have to say? Why can’t you honestly look into the mirror and admit that a court of law found this man not guilty with these baseless, trumped up and unfounded charges which has hurt his character and damaged him politically and otherwise.

      As for expense, Mr. Mac did not start this circus but was formally and legally invited to attend! The goverment will have to pay millions to reimburse him of his expenses, Hater!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Firstly, a trial by Jury in Cayman for a politician is not an unbiased trial. Secondly I’m sure it didn’t cost him millions in damag; but once again he’s showing the he has no concern for how his actions will impact Cayman’s reputation or finances. Unless he intends to take the issues up with the courts in the UK; this is just a process to hupe up his supporters (not sure how he still has any). Think it is time to pass term limits on Cayman politicians; for all sides of the coin if you’ve been an MLA or elected official for more than eight years, you shoild not be allowed to run again. This guy has been at it since 1984!

    • Power Mad and Bad says:

      I thought politicians could only serve 8 years. Maybe that means consecutively and then the clock re-starts. If so, it would be useful to disallow that.

    • Anonymous says:

      22/10/2015 at 1;27am – Be very careful of your statement – “Secondly I’m sure it didn’t cost him millions in damag” Now this utter rubbish as the Compass clearly stated that the legal fees alone is $875,000 and there is obviously more millions in costs for damages etc. Moron, please take up your term limit for MLAs with your District MLA.

  27. Anonymous says:

    And he claims he’s broke?

    So he wants Government to pay him millions to squander again in casinos?

  28. The Revenant says:

    He’s like those old inflatable kids’ punching bags that go down and come right back up……..

  29. Anonymous says:

    Never a dull moment. Must be fun, as well as rewarding, to have your meter running on Mac’s account.

  30. Anonymous says:

    “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – what is the real underlying motivation within the position you hold Honourable One. . .

  31. Anonymous says:

    Ultimately its the cayman islands that will pay but we should cause idiots like the progressives went along with this cause they needed to get as much help as they could to look good in the elections.

    When you have ppl more concern about themselves and not country its a sad day and its once again the poor people mistake!!

  32. Anonymous says:

    One thing I can say about Bush is he may not have a degree as the othed brag about but he sure is steps ahead of them in the LA and when it comes to good common sense.

    • Anonymous says:

      He doesn’t have a degree, but it’s not for the want of trying. If the police had waited two more weeks before bringing charges he would have that million dollar degree from the Jamaica university now!

      • Anonymous says:

        Clown, for your information, Mr. Mac could still receive the Degree if he chooses. Oh my, please get over it, he was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Respect the court’s decision and the law of the land. You are obviously a Hater….

  33. Anonymous says:

    Unah take that, thought it wasnt coming but here it is that ghost Alden and the PPM clowns been running from. Marco you can kiss that surplus you brag about good bye!!

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