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Gov. Bryan Names Attorney General, Proposes Six-Year Term for USVI Attorneys General

FREDERIKSTED — Governor Albert Bryan, Jr. named attorney Denise George as Virgin Islands Attorney General and announced legislation proposing six-year terms for Virgin Islands attorneys general during a press conference at the Arthur Abel Complex on Thursday.

Attorney George, also known as George Counts, is an 18-year veteran of the Virgin Islands Justice Department where she served as an Assistant Attorney General and trial attorney in the criminal, civil, family, juvenile, white collar and public corruption divisions.

During her tenure, she successfully prosecuted a full spectrum of violent crimes including murder, manslaughter, rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  

Attorney George also served as the Director of the White Collar Crime and Public Corruption Division, where she managed the division and successfully prosecuted crimes of embezzlement, forgery, fraud, racketeering and public corruption involving public officials of local agencies including the GERS, Schneider Hospital, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Office of the Governor, and Department of Human Services. 

As a member of the Child Abuse Task Force, she co-authored the Virgin Islands’ first criminal child abuse and neglect statute. In the Civil Division, she represented the V.I. government in civil lawsuits filed against and on behalf of the government.  

At Thursday’s press conference, Governor Bryan also announced legislation proposing to establish a six-year term for Attorneys General in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Governor Bryan’s bill will help ensure the Attorney General has the autonomy needed to effectively prosecute criminal cases and interpret the law free of political influence.

“It gives me great pride to transmit to the Legislature legislation that establishes a six-year term for the Attorney General, that only allows removal for cause. The Attorney General will still be appointed and serve under the Executive Branch, but will be allowed the autonomy to ensure that we get a system that is aligned, balanced and consistent with the freedoms we are afforded,” Governor Bryan said.

Governor Bryan’s bill, once enacted by the Legislature, will require the governor to justify the removal of any Attorney General before the completion of the six-year term. The law will also allow the sitting Attorney General to challenge his or her removal in court.

V.I. Attorney General nominee Denise George
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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