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Attorney General Claude Walker Resigns In Ignominy

CHRISTIANSTED — Joseph Ponteen has been appointed acting attorney general, following the sudden resignation of Attorney General Claude Walker.

Ponteen, who had been serving as chief deputy attorney general, said he received a letter from Governor Kenneth Mapp appointing him to the position effective December 8.

The fourth attorney general appointed by Mapp during his lone four-year term, Walker and his public relations person Corliss Smithen declined comment about his hastily-tendered resignation.

Walker took a high-profile for a local attorney general, joining a 2016 national lawsuit against Exxon Mobil claiming the company knew about global warming decades before it became public.

Two years later, a federal judge in San Francisco threw out the lawsuit saying that “nuisance suits” aren’t likely to solve the problem of climate change.

Governor-Elect Albert Bryan Jr. has said that Mapp Cabinet appointees who wish to resign can do so.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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