Ex-minister presses case against blogger

| 17/01/2018 | 138 Comments
Cayman News Service

Sandra Catron (Photo by Dennie Warren Jr)

(CNS): The former finance minister, Marco Archer, is pressing ahead with his legal case against the producer of the Cayman Marl Road online forum. Sandra Hill (nee Catron) told CNS yesterday that the law suit against her filed by the former Cabinet minister is continuing following a closed-door case management hearing yesterday. “I am disappointed that this matter continues to linger on despite my efforts to see it amicably resolved,” she said.

“Unfortunately, previous efforts at a resolution were met with less than realistic terms and conditions. I remain committed to freedom of speech but remain hopeful that Mr Archer will reconsider his position. Otherwise, I will be prepared to put forward my position in a court of law, hopefully before the end of 2018.”

Cayman News Service

Marco Archer, Minister of Finance & Economic Development

An online post by Hill last year made allegations against Archer regarding the issue of stamp duty waivers and she continues to stand by the piece, even though she removed the story from the forum. She offered an apology but it was not accepted by Archer, who tried and failed to have Hill jailed.

Archer ran for re-election in 2017 on the Progressive’s ticket in George Town Central but lost by 50 votes to independent candidate Kenneth Bryan, now an opposition member of the LA. Although he lost his seat and ministerial job, Archer landed on his feet with a new six figure salary and benefits when he was appointed head of the Cayman Stock Exchange.

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  1. Carlos says:

    Tell her put that on the registry

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  2. Anonymous says:

    gonna be interesting: busta douglas versus mike tyson!? lol!

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  3. Anonymous says:

    I think it is interesting that CMR is now .com, not .ky, and the owner is a US LLC. Someone has prepared to be subject only to US libel law in the future.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Folks, it is so obvious any positive comments for Sandra are submitted by Sandra herself. Those and any comments with “poor you”, “poor fool, ….., and excessive use of exclamation. CNS, pls bring back your lol button

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please make a list of all the CMR articles where she uses herself as a source or makes a statement on her own page in the third person:

    I can think of at least 3 examples
    She refers to herself as
    “Local activist”
    “On Island Marketing Manager”
    “Child Advocate” (whatever the hell that means, are the rest of us anti child?)
    etc etc

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  6. No state citizen says:

    Who is this Sandra Hill(nee Catron)?
    From all the comments, she seems like the Godfather……untouchable.

    Libel cases are usually very difficult to prove and win.
    Plaintiffs usually want monetary compensation in addition for the person to cease and desist their actions, if neither is likely as per the comments then what is the point?

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    • Anonymous says:

      One comment doesn’t suffice to explain that woman and all her shit

      Long story short
      She’s a discount Alex Jones without all the crazy religious outbursts

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  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope Marco lights up her world !!!

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  8. Real Caymanian says:

    Sandra Catron is a cancer that these Islands need to get rid of.. She claims to be a “local activist” but who you see fighting down Caymanians more than her?? She literally goes out of her way to badmind Caymanians.. Logic/Flow should do us all a favor and disconnect her Internet access.. Smh

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Where were you all when he ran for office?

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  10. Anonymous says:

    I am all for responsible reporting, however on balance CMR seems to be anything but. I say good on Mr. Archer, sometimes its not about the money but about the principle and sometimes you just got to stand up for that. If he wins, Sandra would do well to take a lesson in journalism from CNS, if Sandra wins, well, the accusation will have been proven and Mr. Archer will be eating humble pie. Its why we have courts, although not enough apparently. Personally I would love people to think twice before opening their mouths here, so much sh*t on the Marl Road (in general) that I stopped listening to it.

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    • Marl Karx says:

      Her supporters defend that, by saying that CMR is not a news site, yet

      This is what the page is covered with

      -An area for sports news with a picture that literally says “Sports News”
      -An area for health that literally says “Health News”
      -An area for tech that literally says “Tech News”
      -An area for Business and finance that literally says “Business and Finance News”
      -An area that focuses on the region that literally says “Regional News”
      -An area for “Investigative Reports” (literally one of the main points of journalism and news reports)
      -An area that is titled “Cayman Crime Watch” it also includes a helpful little caption that says “Dedicated to bringing you news on the latest crime stories in Cayman”
      -And last but not least an actual area that says “BREAKING NEWS”

      She’ll probably try to change the captions and take news off of CMR once she sees this and if she is planning on using satire as her defense in court, which moves me swiftly into my next point

      Basic fact first, at the time of the article’s release Mr Archer was no longer an MLA although I think it is fair to say that he does not have the same protections as a private citizen especially with regard to things pertaining to his time as an MLA.
      I’d classify him in a semi-public semi- private individual (depending on what you are talking about specifically)

      My favorite part is her trying to cover her own ass with her “4 degrees” by trying to claim that the whole CMR page is satirical. See the disclaimer on CMR below

      “CMR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any persons, living, dead, or undead is purely a miracle.”
      *the only thing slightly satirical (or hilarious I should say) about CMR other than the self-service and spelling errors is this disclaimer*

      Anyone with the slightest idea of basic legal principles can tell you that you cannot say or print defamatory information to your hearts content and then when confronted legally claim satire, satire is not a shield to be used for avoiding defamation or libel suits or else everyone would simple claim their comments were satirical

      Satire is generally not perceived as defamatory but exceptions can be made and simply calling something satire does not mean it is satire

      I think we can all agree the post (which she apologized for) was malicious, false, and potentially damaging his reputation, that is all he needs to have a solid libel case
      (I’m not forgetting damages or material harm but since she published this with the intent to spread as public knowledge and presumably wanted some sort of investigation to be started I think it is sufficient)

      One look at CMR can show you the page is not satirical, she updates regularly with actual serious events on Cayman with little to no hint of wit, or use of humor to highlight issues

      The fire at Camana Bay tonight for instance or the shooting involving the musician (What is satirical about that Sandra?)
      And furthermore, what is exactly is satirical about the words “Breaking News” and “Cayman Crime Watch” or any of the posts therein?

      Look at the statement released when she apologized to Mr Archer,
      Good luck in court, what you post on the internet is permanent and even if you change up your site to try to pull one past the Judge

      *Also we can argue all day about the meaning of satire because it is just one of those words but the courts likely have precedents they will use to decide*

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  11. Anonymous says:

    And if she wins you all going to be upset? This is too good. Stay tuned.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Sad shame when you so smart that you stupid lol. She really is a big joke. Maybe this wisen her up

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  13. Anonymous says:

    What’s the point of this lawsuit?

    He won’t be able to shut her down
    He won’t be able to get much money – maybe a few thousand if he’s lucky
    He won’t get any apology from her

    Then what? Will he be happy even if he wins with this outcome?

    Just more for the Marl Road! ??‍♀️

    Well he has the six figure income so knock yourself out!

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    • Anonymous says:

      The point is this woman should not be able to get away with writing whatever she wants about anyone with no consequences

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  14. Anonymous says:

    And when you all need help and the likes of Marco Archer won’t give you the time of day …. who ya gonna call? POW POW …

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Excuse me but where has she gotten fired from? She’s been self employed for 15 years. Perhaps you need to get your facts in order!

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    • No kidding says:

      11:22pm Everyone know a you dis cus only the noise makers from the bottom on the bucket says anything for you. The ones afraid for you to scandal dem, hehehe. Plus we know how you write. Karma, Karma!!!!!!!!!!!!b!+Ωμ

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    • Anonymous says:

      Self employed because she cannot get a job. Let’s not forget her rambling on radio about the amount of places she has applied to. If correct was a few hundred. Maples rings a bell?

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    • Anonymous says:

      CIMA. Tortuga.

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    • Anonymous says:

      self employed? dont you mean CANNOT GET A JOB? selling pirated internet tv that half the internet companies ban you from here in Cayman
      you are a sad excuse for a activist as the only interest you worry about is your own so get off this feed and go slander some more people on Cayman marl road

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  16. Anonymous says:

    The like to dislike ratio of these comments should show you what side of this issue the people are on

    Whenever she hosts Straight talk the phone lines are generally silent, no one wants anything to do with her

    She has ran to be an MLA twice and both times has gotten less than 6% of the vote (5.1 and 5.9%
    No one is interested in her news and no one wants her representing them

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  17. Anonymous says:

    She has been putting her noise in alot of people buisness that dose not concern her & affecting people lives due to her actions!! GO FOR IT MR. ARCHER!!!!HIT HET WHERE IT HURTS IN HER $$$$!!!

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  18. Even if Marco wins, the law says Sandra doesn't have to pay costs under Legal Aid says:

    According to Grand Court Rules (1995 Revision) on page 359, the law is quite clear in Part II ENTITLEMENT OF COSTS which states that “No order for costs shall be made against an assisted person.”

    So if Marco really wants to pursue this libel litigation against Sandra out of a sense of righteous indignation, even if he wins he’ll have to pay the thousands of dollars out of his own pocket for his own lawyers to do so since Sandra lawyered up by getting free Legal Aid.

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  19. Waiting patiently. says:

    Karma right around the corner for this despictable woman. Nothing but hate in her heart. Your turn soon come.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    She does need to be stopped as most people know that Mrs. Catron so far has been lucky to escape her many brushes with the law.

    However, Mr. Archer should let this go because the law suit is not worth the money, time and stress involved in fighting this matter. Leave this one in God’s capable hands and watch how he works. Time is longer than rope.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Waiting on Gods capable hands is the exact nonsense that has allowed the less fortunate to continue being oppressed up to this day. Exercise your dam right given to you by law not by a fairy tale being.

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      • Anonymous says:

        If only you could hear what the judge told them … you would tell him to get over it. LOL … hahahaha. You all going to be shocked!

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        • Anonymous says:

          Hey Sandy

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        • Anonymous says:

          Analyzing linguistics is how they caught the Unabomber
          and I see plenty of Sandra-esque comments down here

          Look for simple grammatical errors, overly defensive comments with information not publicly accessible and and misused exclamation points.

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    • Anonymous says:

      The point is to make an example of her, I doubt he is trying to take serious damages from her but she has been pulling this shit for years

      She is getting exactly what she deserves

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      • Anonymous says:

        What outcome are you realistically expecting?

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      • Anonymous says:

        Make an example out of her how? IF he wins and he gets nominal monetary compensation who does that hurt her?

        You actually think that’s going to make a point? You clearly don’t know the woman at all.

        Poor fools! It will only empower her even more. Good luck with that idea.

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        • Anonymous says:

          So let me get this straight, because she has nothing to lose, she should just be able to get away with anything?
          Somehow (hopefully) being held accountable in civil court is going to empower her?
          So do nothing and she wins, take her to court and she wins too? (not in the literal sense of winning the case)

          What exactly are we supposed to do then?

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        • Anonymous says:

          This reads as if someone with borderline literacy and narcissism issues took a rhetoric lesson from Donald trump’s tweets.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And when she wins you will be saying what exactly? LOL … wait for it!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Convicted? When? Where? She did a plea deal to some stupid ICTA case where the judge didn’t record anything on her record.

      SO that’s NOT a conviction. Poor fool. You people need to get your facts together.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Sandy, will you please get off CNS and let us bash you in peace? Many thanks!

        Your faithful hater.

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  21. annonymous says:

    good on ya! Marco. go for it!!

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  22. Anonymous says:

    Marco just needs to drop this now it’s pathetic

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    • Anonymous says:

      Let’s just let everyone get away with defamation or libel while we are at it

      Let’s just toss those laws out the window

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    • Anonymous says:

      No, he needs to take her down on behalf of all of the people she’s slandered. To me this isn’t even about Marco. It’s about ruining her.

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  23. E. Nygma says:

    “Revenge is a dish best served…”

    Some of you might know what I mean

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Her site should be called Jamaica Marl Road as 90% of the posts are stuff happening in JA.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well she is married to a Jamaican

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      • Anonymous says:

        Yes she is but she is also a fan of bashing Jamaicans. The irony eh

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        • Anonymous says:

          Don’t be silly! Everyone knows one of her grandfathers was a Jamaican so you clearly don’t know the woman.

          When does she bash Jamaicans? Poor you!

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          • Mj says:

            Obvious Sandy is in here replying to some of the comments lol!

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            • Anonymous says:

              I wouldn’t be surprised
              In all honestly she is rarely not searching for a non-story somewhere I can see the article now:

              “Local Blogger/Cayman’s Alex Jones/Activist/Advocate/Wishful MLA? Attacked Verbally?”
              We’ll keep you up to date on CMR
              In other news the CIG is putting chemicals in the water to turn the turtles female

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              • Anonymous says:

                I didn’t miss your joke, but cmon give our people credit where due.

                WAC’s laboratory is the only laboratory in the entire Caribbean as far as I know that is accredited by the A2LA and adheres to ISO 17025 standard. Our quality of water here is top-tier and I’m pretty sure they can’t do anything malicious like that without A2LA breathing down their necks.

          • Anonymous says:

            You are such a liar. Sandra has NEVER used that term to describe Jamaicans.

            You people are so desperate and so evil. If she’s done something wrong stick to the facts but DO NOT LIE and make things up!

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          • Anonymous says:

            I remember her making that comment on her evening talk show.
            She upset a lot of people who will never forget

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            • Anonymous says:

              Had she done so she would have immediately been fired. Don Seymour would have NEVER tolerated that.

              You people are such liars it is unbelievable! Carry on …

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          • Just saying says:

            Sandra, my grandfather was the Pope, but that doesn’t automatically makes me exempt from sinning when I call you a poor, fool, a want to be sore looser. You are a shining star when you are bashing others. For example, you had no mercy on Mr. Lesley. You went after him full force, no bars hold. You were having a jolly good time doing it also. Now you are being rightfully put where you need to be, under the bus and ya can’t tek it…how does it feel? You are worse than a scum bag that you called him. Everyone knows that you are sending these posts from your many aliases. Coward p!ฯΩμ.

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            • Anonymous says:

              hearing that Matthew Leslie has her in court also before 2018 done you probably get a few more. One thing she went after Matthew hard and bashed him but he still brought down the carnival and made my grandkids have a blast. OH BY THE WAY did you all see her article on her fake news site Cayman Marl Road that the Carnival was a scam because he had some photo that was with his logo on a container? Woman is a joke. what about that fire blaze she had up or the other sensational stuff she post

              Sandra go back in the hole you crawled out of

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    • Anonymous says:

      Now this is just a ridiculous comment! She breaks news first in Cayman! At least let’s be honest with our comments.

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      I think you have Marl Road confused with Loop Cayman!

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  25. Anonymous says:

    Good luck, Marco. The silent middle are definitely with you.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Too and the silent middle didn’t get him elected.

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      • Fun bring bun says:

        Maybe because while they were busy being silent they were working hard, putting in the long hours bettering themselves, so they could improve their standard of living and relocate to a more rewarding environment. But I only expect the silent middle to understand this.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    and the river runs this way!!?

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  27. Anonymous says:

    It’s always a bad idea to sue someone from whom you can’t collect anything. Archer will also probably find that the trial is less fun than he thought it would be.

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    • Anonymous says:

      She needs to be taught a lesson – keep her nose out of other folks business and her big gob shut. She’s a menace to society

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      • Anonymous says:

        Along with Kerry T*****ts!

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        • Anonymous says:

          Tidbits?

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          • Anonymous says:

            KT drags down anyone who challenges her. Last year she was a disgrace online arguing in favor of a local child molester and when the public replies were horrified she lashed out at community expats as the problem?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Yep! Both woman are embarrassing to their country. They think people listen to their nonsense but most are just laughing. Especially KT. Biggest hypocrite of them all.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Did anyone else see that fluff interview that Cayman 27 gave her

          Acting like shes some angel

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          • Anonymous says:

            Omg was thinking the same thing! It was hilarious and quite frankly boring. Watched about 30 seconds and fast forwarded to see if got better. It didn’t. No one cares what she has to say aside from a few old ladies.

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          • Anonymous says:

            I started watching, but am a bit drunk, so gave up after 30 seconds and went looking for porn.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed!

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      • Anonymous says:

        Sandra worst than Kerry
        At least Kerry try help people but this pork just out to slander

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        • Anonymous says:

          Help who? She boycotts businesses that employ Caymanians! And tries to rally others to follow her. So basically, trying to shut down a business she doesn’t like which would also put “her people” out of a job. Total hypocrite! Thank fully no one listens to her crap. And can we mention her own business with a profile picture of a white chick? Please.

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          No that’s funny! KT helping people? She has no degree and no qualifications to her name.

          Say what you will about Sandra but at least she’s an intelligent person who took the time to invest in herself … I’m guessing that’s why she has 4 degrees more than most of you posting on here!

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          • Anonymous says:

            You day Mrs Hill?

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          • Anonymous says:

            A degree is only a piece of paper, the way she carries and presents herself undermines all the work she’s done in University

            A degree gets you nowhere if no business will touch you with a 10 foot pole

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            • Anonymous says:

              Don’t look like she’s hurting all the same so who cares? How many Caymanians cannot find jobs? Are you saying the same about them?

              Meanwhile they are not outspoken …. so really?

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              • Anonymous says:

                A perfectly reasonable and acceptable amount of persons are unemployed on Cayman, it is not ideal but in a growing economy there are always people out of work

                Using unemployment to try to grandstand into the LA didn’t work in 2005 or 2009 and it isn’t going to work now

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          • Anonymous says:

            Sandra, Quit bragging! No1 cares about your degrees when you’re such a despicable person which nobody wanted to hire with said degrees.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    I don’t like Marco either but someone needs to finally hit Sandra where it hurts. Her ass is in everybody’s business constantly.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    This man has more money than sense it seems! I would love to see his legal fees.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    Let’s hope no children’s lives are threatened the time round.

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  31. The Donald says:

    Lock her up!

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  32. Anonymous says:

    BOOOY Caymanians no likey people with big sticks!
    Go for it Sandy! There are more behind you than against you. Those that think you should ‘calm down’ are mostly the ones with something to hide.
    Just look at how many auditors we’ve been through!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Her little pet project “CMR” is exposing the truth? Yet it has as many disclaimers saying their site is not a news site as a dalmatian has spots

      A rumor mill, glorified gossip-chain fear-mongering social justice rag that I wouldn’t wipe my ass with

      “We are not to be considered a new site although we may print factual information. Assume everything on the marl road should be taken with a grain of sand.”

      We are not news, but not, not news, you heard it here first folks
      and don’t even get me started on the blog posts which she doesn’t write but is still responsible for

      Then you’ll see her using herself as a source in articles, and commenting acting like shes just a normal reader

      She is a joke

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      • Anonymous says:

        Then why are you on the site?

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        • Anonymous says:

          Because sometimes I need a good laugh with my morning coffee and watching her pretend to be a journalist, with rampant grammatical errors, shitty sources and nonsensical assumptions makes CMR perfect for a good laugh at her expense

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          • Anonymous says:

            Poor you … so bored you must work for CIG!

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            • Anonymous says:

              Sandra it’s cleary you with the “poor you” in your sentences. Ppl know how you write. You appear even more mental on here responding to comments as a 3rd person. Lol

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              • Anonymous says:

                Don’t forget the arbitrary uses of exclamation points on simple statements, she is notorious for that too.

                That and a general disregard for the English language.

                (or should I say “notorious for that too!”

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      • Anonymous says:

        HAHAHAHA you took the words right out my mouth

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    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe people just want to hide…. their own business! Because their business isn’t your business! CMR can’t even spell let alone get her facts straight.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “There are more behind you than against you.”

      That is definitely a lie.

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  33. Anonymous says:

    She really needed to be stopped, she thought she was untouchable but this should calm her down!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Calm her down? I would say he hasn’t done that now has he? He dropped his application to have her jailed so … what do you think is really going on here?

      If he had such good case knowing him he would have had her imprisoned.

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    • Diogenes says:

      Not a religious man but God bless Marco Archer

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    • Anonymous says:

      I dunno if this will be it to take her down, lord knows many have tried but she represents herself in court and always wins. She is the female version on McKeeva.

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      • Anonymous says:

        No need to be disrespectful to MacKeeva

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      • Anonymous says:

        She has lost before. She just doesn’t talk about it.

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      • Anonymous says:

        McKeeva Bush has NEVER represented himself in court and won. She had done so no less than 5 times.

        Like her or not … the one has skills and intellect!

        Wasn’t the article about the minister in his position of finance? He has less protection than the average person if that’s the case so you all getting excited over nothing.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Hey Sandra that you again? Hahaha

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          • Anonymous says:

            Of course it’s her she fancies herself a legal scholar, probably wrote all the shitty disclaimers on CMR too,

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        • No kidding says:

          11:30pm…

          Obviously, you never met a lot of intellectual people in your lifetime.

          If you call Sandra Catron intellectual, you seriously need help.

          Intellectuals do not waste precious time degrading, defaming or belittling others.

          Intellectuals know the value of time and they make good of it by contributing to the betterment of humanity or at least themselves and their family.

          Mr. Archer is a prime example of interlectual. Sandra went after him to try to be in his league, wrong move, but then again she is too stupid to know this.

          She should have enough sense to know that when you live on a small island and is trying to make something of your life you need to at least strive for people to like and respect you.

          Being an advocate for justice and being a bully are two horses of a different colour.

          She is nothing but a loud mouth, hateful, bitter, want to be, pretentious, sad looser. Mr. Archer needs to fight this case and teach her a valuable lesson.

          She is nothing more than a national disgrace.

          Mr. Archer is a Caymanian icon that all Caymanians should be proud of and all young Caymanian men should look to emulate.

          He should be the one that is given legal aid to fight for his good name.

          Sandra, poof, poof !! !!

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  34. Diogenes says:

    😀

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