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Vynnette Frederick charged

Opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick, second from left, leaves the Central Police Station in Kingstown on Thursday, July 11, 2013, in the company of her lawyers and Vice-President of the New Democratic Party, St. Clair Leacock, left. (IWN photo)

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Opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick, who was on Thursday slapped with nine charges relating to making false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence, will return to court on July 31.

She appeared Friday before President of the Family Court, Colleen MacDonald, and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Frederick, a lawyer and member of the New Democratic Party, is slated to appear before magistrate, Rickie Burnett in Mesopotamia on July 31.

The charges Thursday afternoon came hours after Burnett upheld a defence submission and dismissed six charges against the senator.

Police later arrested the senator after an extended standoff during which her lawyers argued with police over the legality of arresting someone without producing a warrant. (See videos below)

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3 replies on “Embattled opposition senator to return to court July 31”

  1. Teacherfang (@Llijame) says:

    I challenge anyone out there to name a country on this God green earth, where the police come to arrest someone and they stand around for a hour arguing the rule of law with the suspect; then resort to begging, pleading and cajoling the suspect to come with them. This is madness! In any other civilized place, Ms Frederick would have been dragged-in some instances beaten-out of that building within seconds of non-compliance. Maybe its because of the cameras around but those officers showed remarkable restraint and patience in dealing with Ms Frederick. Give Jack he Jacket and Jill she panty, the Police must be commended for the professional manner in which they dealt with this situation.

    The best bet was to comply with the officers and then argue the issue of unlawful arrest in the courts as part of your legal strategy. Why Ms Frederick would make a mockery of herself like this is beyond me and not withstanding she could face a potential charge of resisting arrest.

    The biggest loser in all this is the NDP brand. Its interesting that Mr Eustace threw Ms Baptiste under the bus without any hesitation but has stood steadfast besides Ms Fredrick, who in my book, has committed(allegedly)a much greater offense than Ms Baptiste. Granted I would have still fired Ms Baptiste but I would have also remove Ms Frederick as a Senator. I am just saying.

    Lawyer’s Rule:
    When the law is against you, argue the facts.
    When the facts are against you, argue the law.
    When both are against you, call the other lawyer names.

  2. It would seems that some people have a big mouth or is just vindictive to suggest that if the police come and say lets go then you comply without question this sounds like the adviser of ralph or he himself ( this person expected the police to beat the lady up and drag her , remember when ralph son committed and offense in America by jumping a fence , WHERE WERE YOU AND YOU BIG MOUTH THEN and did you call for a beating and dragging ? ) ,the mandate for a police arrest was not meet no warrant ,no law was being infringed at the time no one call the police or reported a crime in progress but if ralph say arrest then the police just do as told no questions asked they were clearly embarrass themselves they know they had no reason legal reason for their action , i hope that the fool writing above talking hog wash will someday find themselves in a similar position and without so much as asking why will go with the police when they turn up for them .

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