Is AG Frazer Fit To Conduct The Elections Investigation? Dr. Donoghue Says No!
From unpaid child support to disgraced Attorney Wilson Campbell, from Mafoliegate to GlobeVest, the name and office of Virgin Islands Attorney General Vincent Frazer has rarely evoked an image of justice for the community it is mandated to serve and protect.
And as this office embarks on an investigation of the highly disputed General Election of 2012, the concerns of the community about the fitness of the man and the office to fairly and impartially examine this serious matter are taking center stage.
Frazer has already tainted the frayed edges of any credibility in this incident by saying almost immediately after the investigation was announced that he would investigate the “unfounded” allegations raised by those who questioned the integrity of the electronic machines and the handling of the paper ballots.
And now, as the particulars of the investigation and those who will be involved become more clear, an outspoken member of the community has put pen to paper to fully articulate the reasons that there is little if any possibility of transparency in its outcome.
Dr. Eddie Donoghue has formalized his objections in a November 28 letter to Frazer objecting to his involvement in this investigation. And from the opening paragraphs of this lengthy missive, Donoghue tells the story with factual clarity.
“The role of the Attorney General and his staff is to act as lawyer for every citizen in the territory, asserting the rights of those citizens under the laws of the territory, and protecting them from those who would violate those rights,” he writes.
“However, given your controversial record pertaining to fitness, credibility and integrity that has punctuated your tenure as Attorney General, especially in contrast to the mandate your office prosecute in the name of the People of the Virgin Islands and offenses against the laws of the Virgin Islands, I firmly believe the potential for an impartial and objective outcome pertaining to the announced election “probe” to be conducted by your office is unlikely at the very least, and to be considered suspect at the very best.”
Well said, Dr. Donoghue.
We have attached the complete letter below. Reading through these pages reminds anyone who may have forgotten what a mockery the concept of “justice” has become during the past six years. And we print it here in the hopes that those external investigators involved in the examination, who may not have the history, will get the rest of the story on the environment that has prompted the situation we now face.
This is worth reading.