Family of Casey Schulman seeks justice

Casey Shulman was killed in a boating incident on December 1, 2012
Casey Shulman was killed in a boating incident on December 1, 2012

Almost six months after Casey Schulman, a student of the University of Virginia, was killed in a boating incident off the coast of Mero her family is asking for ‘justice’ and is calling for local law enforcement and the Office of the Director Public Prosecution (DPP) to intervene.

Schulman was visiting Dominica with friends and was in the sea when she was struck by the propeller of a boat captained by Andrew Armour on December 1, 2012. She sustained major injuries to all parts of her body, including her head, and was pronounced dead at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

After the incident, the family wrote several letters to authorities in Dominica requesting updates and information on the prosecution of Armour, who they claim was “negligent” and did not have a license at the time of the incident to operate the vessel.

The Schulman family has also retained the services of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C in Washington DC, Robert L. Parks in Miami and Norde and Lambert Chambers in Dominica.

In a letter dated April 12, 2013 addressed to DPP, Gene Pestaina and Police Chief, Daniel Carbon, the Washington law firm questioned the Dominican authorities on the non-arrest of Armour almost six months after the incident.

“Last December I wrote to you on behalf of the family of Casey Schulman who was killed December 1, 2012 when the captain of the Passion Andrew Armour, ran over Ms Schulman,” the letter stated. “While as a former federal prosecutor, I appreciate that investigations and the exercise of prosecutorial discretion take time, I have become concerned about the amount of time that has passed since Schulman’s traffic death. As you know, from the numerous reports of Schulman’s death in Dominica that are listed in the attached letter, the world closely followed this matter and continues to do so.”

The letter also asked when will Armour be brought to ‘justice.’ “The question Ms. Schulman’s family and friend repeatedly ask is when Mr. Armour will be brought to justice in Dominica. I would appreciate the courtesy of a reply to this letter, although I appreciate that you are constrained by the law with regard to the quantum of information you can provide,” the letter concluded.

The office of the DPP was not prepared to give any information and when contacted Andrew Armour refused to comment directly on the matter.

He only said that he has a local firm acting on his behalf and a St. Kitts-based law firm handling the matter and was not prepared to say anything more.

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150 Comments

  1. Just saying...
    May 26, 2013

    If the captain was operating a boat without a proper license there should at least be a charge for negligence, if not something more.
    Anyone who has ever operated a boat knows that you are not supposed to move the boat unless all people in the boat are accounted for. This includes going in reverse. The fact that legal proceedings are only starting now, in May, show how slow the justice system in Dominica is, and is no reason to be hateful toward the United States. Chances are, authorities didn’t want to look into it because they worried it would hurt the tourism industry

  2. sweet
    May 16, 2013

    god is the gretest judge

  3. May 9, 2013

    That whole situation is just pure madness, Andrew Armour would never hurt a mosquito neither would he hurt a human Being. I am sorry to hear of her death and our condolences goes out to her teacher, Students, friends and families but things do happened and we should understand that but we takes things to much for granted like he just run the boat on the woman. Let me tell you all Dominicans, if you all blame Andrew Armour then blame the woman also it”s both of them fault, you can’t blame him only. Americans have you all fooled and Americans will do what they wants with us in the caribbean but we cannot do that to them.we need petition forms so that people can sign against this bull shit. Remember we are all human and things can and happen when the time comes.

  4. St.john Mingo
    April 25, 2013

    I am trying to calm down the situation but all I see is hatrid spiteful and disguste therefore,here is the result.CHIEF OF pOLICE MUST GO,MR.SEVERIN MUST GO AND pRIME mINISTER SUMMONS TO wASHINTON DC wHITE HOUSE.America is Police of the world.take that

    • May 9, 2013

      I understand all the grievances but we must also understand that no one will not do such crucial thing to another human being. Andrew Armour is not a murderer nor is he in anyway a bad person.In other islands these things happen and it does not call for all these things that happening with Andrew.Something exactly happens in mullet bay with Ashok son( indian descent) while he was skiing and some other incident i can recall and nothing like that commercial happen with the boat driver. Yes he held him up but let him go . they called it an accident. The accident that happened with Kimany and the little boy at Pointe Michel the lady also lose her son. Tell me people of Dominica what is really going on in this island> Know if it was my family how would i feel but we must watch and monitor what happened and see if it was something to cause a harvoc. America really runs thing.

  5. Texan
    April 25, 2013

    Ahhhhh,to the family,good luck.my friend was electrocuted at trafultgar n what happened?no investigation nothing.

  6. positive mind
    April 25, 2013

    All of you IGNORAMOUS that talking NONSENCE!!!! If this was one of your own children, niece, sister,or any family member that had died in such a situation, You would have been saying something differently. This is not an ANIMAL that died in an accident. It is someone’s child. The people have a right to find out the truth of the matter.

    All these so call BOURGOIS that get away with murder all the time in dominica is highly RIDICULOUS!!!. If it was a poor MALAWAY handling that boat it would have been a different story. They Do the same thing in local situations. But i’ll tell all the responsible parties who should be involve in the matter that, if this story hits CNN News, that will be it for our little Island’s reputation and Tourism. So you all had better do the right thing before it comes back and hunt us

    • a
      April 25, 2013

      It appears that you may have some serious issues with the bourgoise. You just them to pay just because of their status. Unfortunate, quite unfortunate.

      No one is claiming that the young lady wasn’t a person. What is being said is that she was just as negligent as the boat driver. It’s not like he was going around callously whilst people were casually swimming in the water. There are somethings you fight and others you already know what they are “accidents”.

  7. BWA
    April 25, 2013

    It was an accident. There are many times my country men have lacked a certain sense of justice but this time ain’t it. It was an accident caused by both your daughter and the conductor of the boat. I know Americans don’t understand what an accident is especially when it relates to a white person getting hurt, but this was an accident. I live in DA and was on boat and never once did I jump of a boat before taking necessary precautions. Maybe some type of fine should be paid but hey if there was any case in DA to be called an accident this one is it! Let’s move on as we have psycho woman who killed her two babies still running around the place free as a bird in the wind.

    • BWA
      April 25, 2013

      i lived in DA****

  8. Anonymous
    April 25, 2013

    Everyone has an opinion, sadly many times that opinion matters little when issues of law are concerned. The report from the police had stated that at the time of the “accident” the boat was driving in reverse.
    The question therefore is , what is the responsibility of the operator of a vehicle when driving that vehicle in reverse? It is unfortunate what happened but the law is the law and it may very well be that Mr. Amour was negligent because he was reckless as to whether driving the boat in reverse had the potential to do harm to people swimming in the area.

  9. brois
    April 25, 2013

    if we , dominicas think that issue is going to go away think again!!my friends this is just the begining.soon it will be not the family’s lawyer but the state department.my advice . . dpp get on top of that.i seee this . .and it scares me. my nature isle and sweet people that will be painted the villians.if this family can not get justice dominiac as a whole will pay.i promise i will come back here and say . . i said so!!let government members think they are immune up to the prime minister.USA takes care of their own . .there are many proofs out there.no matter what u think

  10. Anonymous
    April 24, 2013

    Don’t jump off a moving boat then attempt to swim without consequences -,- …. This is where common sense should have been used. But it is still sad what happened.

  11. April 24, 2013

    Let me see if they can prove beyond all resonable doubt that the young man murdered their daught :mrgreen: :lol: :-P

  12. Larchmont, NY
    April 24, 2013

    I am surprised that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is not involved yet.

    • info
      May 6, 2013

      That is not how the bureau operates.

  13. April 24, 2013

    is it wrong to say that she should not have been swimming near the propella of the boat? haaa the justice they seek is one that they surely wont find, Those white pigs; am sure if it was one of our students that got struck by a propella in their country the first thing they would do is pay off the family. smfh. these americans sicken me.

    • info
      May 6, 2013

      It is bad enough that the perception of Dominicans is not a great one out there, so please stop with this display of ignorance. You are only feeding in.

  14. dominican abroad
    April 24, 2013

    Surprise Surprise, Am usually an optimistic person, but gooooood luck with getting justice. But am sooo embarrass as to how the justice system SUCKS in DA. Nothing else it just sucks. There’s no rules, no law and order. And they are concentrate on all the petty things that does not make any damn sense. Further more they need to know that in Dominica it all depends on your last name

    • BWA
      April 25, 2013

      I bet is america you living. Take a 360 degree look and all around you are injustices laid out for you to see and protest against. Dominica is filled with injustice but this ain’t one of those.

      You all act like the guy maliciously run over the young lady and cause her death. When clearly both should be blamed.

      • Please
        June 9, 2013

        Don’t think this should be who to blame but more about answers and how to prevent such a horrible thing. Actions come with consequences and unfortunately for this young lady was her life. The boat driver does need to answer questions and this could help prevent it from happening again.
        All about playing by the book.

  15. shygirl
    April 24, 2013

    Y all u want to beat down on Dominica.. So many of our young people getting killed in their country everyday do we ever get justice for them?

    An to those of you who do not take the time to read your laws… Take not if the prosecutors cannot prove that it wasnt an accident they cannot charge the man with negligence….this is not an american system….read your laws pple read your laws…smh

    • Malgraysa
      April 24, 2013

      Why so defensive? Right is right and wrong is wrong, no matter where you are. I’d rather Dominica have a reputation for applying the law consistently and expeditiously. That would give our country far more credibility than this kind of attitude.

      • April 24, 2013

        there was no wrong in this. its not like he purposefully struck her with the propella. It was an accident. and who in their right mind swims next to a docked boat; so close enough to get struck by the propella?

      • Anonymous
        April 25, 2013

        Yes well thats a nonstarter aint it considering our own PM told the universe that the constitution means nothing.

      • GO-GWEN
        April 25, 2013

        friend you looking for ,,,,,say thanks God to back door

    • Please
      June 9, 2013

      I’m afraid he still has to answer questions. Negligence in law has to be assessed after something like death. There will be a subjective and objective assessment and albeit an accident it’s still worth eliminating any questions of doubt or getting assurances that the good protocol has been adhered to.

  16. April 24, 2013

    THESE AMERICANS DON’T JOKE ABOUT JUSTICE!!!

    they are not Dominicans

    • April 24, 2013

      They can not joke if they like, but our constitution is different frm theirs; lets if a poodle will survive in the jungle.

    • BWA
      April 25, 2013

      they know nothing of the kind. Justice and America doesn’t go in the same sentence. Thank you very much!

    • GO-GWEN
      April 25, 2013

      yes and they will invade us

      it have enuff coolwash maho and newtown and upper point Michel and on Pierro boulevard

      let dem invade and austrie starting to stammer we lol

  17. Dixi Normas
    April 24, 2013

    but where all these people come out with there talk like they were even present. i was not there but reading the news some of her friends said she was the one tried to swim under the boat wile is was making its usual turns as it does every time on tour on this beach. her friends also said “we thought the prop was to the back end of the boat” which should say the young lady thought so also. on the rule’s of boating the Captain is at fault. even if someone else (ie deckhands)are not doing there job looking out as the boat is turning.
    Now the family came here spent a few nights free of charge at this man’s family hotel and i guess the dollar sign’s came flying.

    • GO-GWEN
      April 25, 2013

      shat up u patay lay sor sort

  18. 101st
    April 24, 2013

    This is not Dominica eh where the justice system is non-existent!This is the Mighty US where a very high premium is placed on Justice.Wish Dominica would take a leaf from the US book instead of having one man and a few corrupted lawyers wilfully and maliciously tainting our justice system.

    • April 24, 2013

      The shoe is on the other feet now. How I wish Andrew was following the UWP’s post here. He is now getting the full brut force of uneducated talk. Andrew this is workers pshycology for your money. You may now be understanding how Skerro feels about the UWP media machine. Blame Skerro and everything will be fine, even if it means sinking Dominica and all those who have worked hard to keep the wheels of production going – like Andrew. If Domincans can blame Skerro for heavy rainfal and land slippage on roads that existed and were constructed before Skerro was born, well Andrew take comfort. Skerro is not the cause of all of Dominica’s problems.

      • T
        April 24, 2013

        @ Persons. Stop your garbage. Do you know that a life was lost? Does that mean anything to you? Or maybe you are stuck in this lawless shit that exists on island, where a lost life means nothing to some people,and where there is no justice? GO FIND A LIFE, YOUR SICK HEAD!

      • ROYER
        April 25, 2013

        Andrew is not afraid of the UWP and their supporters. The progressive Armour Family have been one of the pillars of the tourism industry and no one feels more sorrowful over that event in that industry than the Armours.
        Everything is politics. Andrew we the people in the industry love you and wish you the best and this also applies to the young woman who lost her life; so full of promise.

        WE ARE SORRY

        WORKERS PEOPLE RELAX ON ANDREW ARMOUR…PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
        DEATH IS NOT POLITICS.

  19. flower
    April 24, 2013

    When your a parent with a child studying abroad your fears of the unknown is always with you. Seeing that their child died in such a horrible way; they will always seek answers even if it was a simple accident. How can such a case just be ignored. We need to sometimes put ourselves in people shoes.

    • info
      May 6, 2013

      Well said.

  20. 101st
    April 24, 2013

    This is the mighty US where justice is on the front burner always.Unlike Dominica where one man and a bunch of crooked lawyers just corrupt everything they put their hands to.Cant wait for the day when the justice system will work in Dominica!

  21. The Authorities
    April 24, 2013

    I sympathize with Mr. Armour and the Schulman family on such a tragedy.

    Regardless of whether it was an accident or not, if there is evidence to the claims by Casey Schulman’s family that Mr. Armour, was “negligent” and did not have a license at the time of the incident to operate the vessel”, it is a judicial matter.

    We are all born ignorant, but some of us try hard to remain stupid.

  22. April 24, 2013

    I hope the American lawyers have INTERNATIONAL LICENSES to practice law outside of America. Some can not even practice law outside of their own State.

    All in all, there is a grieving family that may never get over their loss. I feel for them. There is another family that is going through a different grief because of what happened. No one will ever be satisfied.

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      The Schulman family has also retained the services of Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, P.L.L.C in Washington DC, Robert L. Parks in Miami and Norde and Lambert Chambers in Dominica.

      They also can if they are from a Commonwealth State like MA

      • bjr
        April 24, 2013

        They can’t though, employ the American Law in our Courts.

    • info
      May 6, 2013

      Do you really think these lawyers are as ignorant as you are? I would believe as an attourney you would get well acquainted.

  23. Anonymous
    April 23, 2013

    when the US State will demand answers the DPP and all others will answer. A family who can hire 6 lawyers is not the ordinary American. while this maybe an accident the people need recourse. Somebody has lost their child and it is blatently irrespinsible for them to have to beg for answers.

  24. D/can to de bone(F
    April 23, 2013

    Dominica this is not a local matter among our people, where we develop a do not care attitude. This is a international matter where Dominica name came be tarnish if the apporicate authority do not deal with the matter. Remember one of our main export product is tourism.

    Dominica government need to pass Health and Safety laws to protect the public and workfore and which will also apply to any vistors. It is time to set standard in this country . Dominica is not a close shop anymore. We are know internationally and the vistors are coming.

    Remember vistors are accustom to profersional and quality service from their destination.

    It may be an accident but did the police invistage ? Was Mr Armour taken in for questioning ? Did the apporiate authority had an enquiry to find out what went wrong? Dominica needs to be done officially and in a professional manner.

    The family has the right to know what happening.
    Come on Dominican wake up. How can the authority responsible not even response to thefamily letter at least. As I nsaid it not a local matter where noone in Dominica cares.

    • muta
      April 25, 2013

      Your point has been made but your grammar is scary !

  25. Met Yo
    April 23, 2013

    You know I have always been disgusted at how we as Dominicans and indeed small islanders seem to tremble with fear when the all mighty and powerful flex their muscles…….Before I continue let me start by being pellucidly clear here…..My sympathies go out to the family of this young girl who died in this tragic accident….But I feel equally disgusted at this attorney and his tone……Firstly Sir this accident yes I said accident occured 4 Months ago certainly a ways off from your calculation of 6 Months and certainly worth correcting…..Secondly everyone including your clients, the young ladies school, and all and sundry agreed that this was an accident…..Your call for justice as you put it is lacking to say the least…….SHould there be an investigation into the facts surrounding? certainly….But to call for criminal proccedings??? I think not sir…I am reading the comments on here and it is amazing at how many people on here ready to Crucify Mr. Armour a Dominican businessman……This incident happened and I am sure it will affect him for the rest of his life….But Calling for his head????? If you so interested in justice why didnt you call for a full inqury into the matter from day one??eh When everything could have been examined Toxicology on ALL parties concerned both living and deceased? Eh where were you then to call for that unbiased and impartial inquiry??? Eh People may call me insensitive DNO may not even print my comment I mean no disrespect but I am just so fed up and sick of persons trying to use the world stage and their first world status to bully Small Countries into doing their Will…….When will we as Dominicans stand up and demand to be treated fairly??? You asked for Justice?????? We ask for the TRUTH……..

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      You go Met Yo

    • Jean Louis
      April 27, 2013

      Well Said

  26. Justice and Truth
    April 23, 2013

    Was a report not prepared pertaining to what transpired and caused her death? It appears Casey’s family is not satisfied. The report should be published for all to read. We are obviously curious about what occurred and how Casey’s death occurred.
    Andrew cannot be held responsible if it was an accident and had no bearing on his negligence.
    They are in it for the money. It is not unusual that the family will seek an exorbitant sum of money which could surely bankrupt Andrew and/or Dominica. They forget that they are dealing with a small country and not a big one as those countries.
    Fellow Dominicans, I realize that you have opinions on this matter, so is everyone else. Some of you criticize Andrew. Please utilize your common sense in this matter and allow the case to take its course. Do not to be too quick to judge him. Please give him no further anxiety on this matter. Be fair. Apply the Golden Rule.

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      Mr Armour, I do not know you personally niether in person, but I just want to tell you, have no fear, the good Lord goes before us always, you did not wake up with that in mind, now go on and continue to do your ting, just remeber to be nice to the family always, even if they are upset.

  27. as for my house
    April 23, 2013

    its a very sad way for our justice system in dominica to learn a lesson.not every body going to tolerate their crap.and trust me,they not only going to sue mr armour,they also going to sue dominica for lack of protection .sad but very true

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      yah just like they sue aruba or curacao, whichever

  28. Sushi
    April 23, 2013

    Been reading the comments on this article with some consternation. I wonder what the world thinks of us Dominicans right now. An accident happened six months ago here, resulting in an outpouring of sympathy for the bereaved family, and support for the locals involved. The family of the bereaved even wrote back, publicly and passionately thanking Dominica for the way in which the matter was handled. Six months later, out of the blue, the family suddenly wants “justice” to be served on the same people whom they so recently praised so heartily. And how do we respond? – We up and start bashing our country, bashing our people, bashing everything that is Dominican. We are painting a picture of a place that no one in their right mind would want to visit in the future. To me, Americans do not even have to ask their people to boycott Dominica – we are BEGGING them to do that already – OURSELVES! If I were these people, I might be thinking right now something like … “What a pathetic little island full of idiotic little monkeys swinging from trees! Why don’t we just crush them into the sea!” Thing is, empty vessels make the most noise, and it is interesting to see the vocabulary, the spelling, the grammar and syntax of those who are babbling the most!

    • .
      April 24, 2013

      Because the justice system on island stinks. It is dysfunctional. Do you live on Mars?

  29. St.john Mingo
    April 23, 2013

    Hiding behind Dominica won’t help a bit.It is not what your country can do for you but,what you can do for your country.People come to Dominica insured for sickness,accidents and delays even insure their luggages.They hold their Insurance Policy.The family is at the for front line at the moment but is the insurance company asking for details.Trust me my dear people it is not a joke and more serious than you could ever imagine

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      yes they will trust you! they will imagine jus like u

  30. %
    April 23, 2013

    The justice system on island has been such an abysmal failure that many amnongst us have grown heartless.
    Here it is that parents in America have lost a loved one, but some people are manufacturing all kinds of rubbish, garbage, koshonyee, why they should not seek justive for thieir daughter.! Can you believe it? Those of you who are blogging there did not lose anyone though!
    I am not in that. The parents have a right to seek justice. Not that i am saying she was purposely killed, but lets be real man.
    That’s why we need to cry out loud for a justice system that works for all the citizens. It has failed us!

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      percent,
      i am giving you a like because i’ve finally learnt to spell cochoni from you, lol

  31. Tomas
    April 23, 2013

    Just a minute! Since when have we got so hateful of Dominica and our fellow citizen! We would side the devil against any thing Dominican?? We have lost it. Dominica; patriotism; self-respect. Something or somebody is making us hate!! hate!! hate!! Oh Lord, I fear!

  32. Roseau queen
    April 23, 2013

    they need to do something about that case before that becomes an international issue. and no one wants to see Dominica”s name go down the drain for an accident. so Mr. armour, u better settle because i dont think that family will let go.

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      well that’s alot of likes, am i smelling blue or…………………..

  33. yaaa
    April 23, 2013

    Bravo…wait for justice still….in Dominica. LOL :mrgreen:

  34. Papamet
    April 23, 2013

    Sad…I don’t know eh…seems like a thing like that could happen to anyone(meaning Mr. Armour). It’s not like he set out to kill somebody that day…. Will putting him in jail bring the girl back? I feel the family’s pain but there are just freak accidents in the world. This is not about America vs Dominica…crimes are swept under the rug in the US every..especially when it involves the upper class. Don’t get it twisted.

    • bjr
      April 24, 2013

      truth!

  35. block 44
    April 23, 2013

    i see money coming ,get ready to pay.lawyers from all over the globe.we will learn something.

    • Justice and Truth
      April 23, 2013

      It is sad that she died. Sorry to say, people in those countries are too quick to sue and are always suing for exorbitant sums of money. When they lose their case they state the Court System is unfair.

      • bjr
        April 24, 2013

        i like

  36. Pro
    April 23, 2013

    The Americans should teach the corrupt justice system in Dominica a lesson.

    • 4Eva Tru
      April 23, 2013

      Americans are the most currupt nation in the world when it comes to justice. Alabama.Georgia. Negroes.
      I will not say anymore.

    • Sleeper
      April 23, 2013

      are you an idiot? who more corrupt than the US?

    • Dyco
      April 24, 2013

      Seriously….man????

    • profiler
      April 24, 2013

      If you want to experience corupt justice, go to the us…fortunately the law in america is not dominican law…

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2013

      How to be corrupt and get away with it?

  37. Lougaoo Mem
    April 23, 2013

    We the People of Dominica know the truth. The nation’s judicial system is controlled by a corrupt regime, and supported by a few despicable evil lawyers. Just think of the Gon Emmanuel’s treatment from the regime. You follow?

    This case will really beam the light and expose the injustices that continue to plague Dominica. The world is paying attention, and sooner or later, the people who continues to support the in-your-face corruption will soon feel the pain.

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2013

      And the American justice system is better right?

  38. rescue 911
    April 23, 2013

    i hope we were not caught with our pants down…we should have know that was coming. )well my dear dominican thats an american that got killed and as i said in my post the day that harpen…look out dominica,america only settle for money .sad but true

  39. Jimi Hendrix
    April 23, 2013

    Sadly it has to take the death of an American to bring to light something most Dominicans live with every day.

    I have said it time and time again, the word “safety” does not exist in the Dominican lexicon. I see unsafe practices every day in DA. I do not want to condemn the man before he has his day in court, but if he is found guilty, he should be made to pay to the fullest extent of the law and also made to pay a very heavy financial penalty. You cannot play footsie with people’s health and safety. Dominicans are too slack when it comes to taking proper precautions.

    I hope this serves as an example to others with whom people entrust their lives.

  40. Land of Corruption
    April 23, 2013

    Skerrit in America bad books with Venezuela, as revealed in the wikileaks, u all denying Americans justice, wait till Obama put sanctions on Dominica, skerrit don’t mess with Uncle Sam! 8)

    • Justice and Truth
      April 23, 2013

      Where is Wikileaks? He is still in hiding. This man’s information was not credible. He is worthy of being sued for an exorbitant sum of money for tarnishing names and that of countries. Stand up for your country. This man who operated Wikileaks was only seeking publicity, status and to get rich. He is a big-time liar.

  41. Citronier
    April 23, 2013

    Every thing is Politics for them UWP supporters.
    Give Andrew a break…..it was an accident….why are you all trying to hang the poor man. Today is his tomorrow maybe ours. Put ourselves in the shoes of both affected families.

    LEAVE ANDREW ALONE >>>Cheeeeeeeese!!!!!!!

    Fix up allu party !!!! and stop wasting energy on the poor man.

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2013

      Every thing should not be about politics but sadly comments like yours compells some to be political in their response. There is such a thing called negligence, have you heard of it? I wouldn’t go into the legal meaning but you need to educate yourself about that.

  42. Doc. Love
    April 23, 2013

    The police must understand that whereas the investigations into the GON Emanuel’s case is being conducted at snail’s pace, the Americans will not allow the same situation to happen to Miss Casey Schulman. They must be aware of what is happening to Mr. Emanuel,therefore, look out for a ruinous course of action against Dominica.

    • dirty harry
      April 23, 2013

      theey talking bout schulman u talking bout emanuel two different matters shake up ur self

      • .
        April 23, 2013

        You “dirty Harry” must shut up. MANO needs justice too… It’s the justice system that has been polluted on island that is the issue there.Have you ever wondered why we cannot prosper as a nation? Among the major reasons is the failed justice system on island.

    • Justice and Truth
      April 23, 2013

      You are off course. Stick to the issue.

    • April 24, 2013

      They will come here and call the case.

  43. sad
    April 23, 2013

    This was just an accident. Mr. Armour has been a captain for years. Suiing Mr. Armour will not bring your daughter back. The torment of how she died is already on his mind for the rest of his life. This is just one tragic accident, very sad for all parties involved.

    • Malatete
      April 23, 2013

      That’s the problem with us. Everybody is a judge. Have you ever witnessed a car accident in Dominica with a crowd gathering around it , all experts, immediately knowing who’s fault it was! Let real justice prevail and the court decide whether is was an accident or not, whether anyone was negligent and culpable or not.

    • An Observer
      April 23, 2013

      You must be a Dominican, Americans do not think like you. They did not say they want their daughter back, what they need is justic for their daughter..

  44. Attentive listener
    April 23, 2013

    This was an accident. Unfortunately, someone died and we all can understand the family’s pain. This was not a deliberate act, it could have happened anywhere in the world.

  45. Aye Dominique
    April 23, 2013

    DNO please release my contribution.

  46. MARIGOT
    April 23, 2013

    HERE WE GO !!

  47. April 23, 2013

    Madame wespayais. Pas Dominique.

  48. mahaut man
    April 23, 2013

    tony only deal with corruption cases :-|

    • Citronier
      April 23, 2013

      what that have to do with Andrew

      stop stretching d damn joke

      everything for allu Blues is politics and more politics

      stay in opposition

      • looking in
        April 24, 2013

        Everytime you respond in such a manner you are revealing your ignorance. Clearly red is no better than blue! Give intelligent comments do service to the nation. These comments are posted on the web for the world to read….

  49. Big Bannan
    April 23, 2013

    Dominica is like Third-world stuck in cruise control. Too often people get away with murder (literary). Cardinal didn’t pay a dime for Dominicans killed in an airplane…..

    • Aye Dominique
      April 23, 2013

      Can you imagine. And as one who travelled on this same air craft I say this was negligence. I had the ticket already and so I had to travel and by the big hand of a God I made it safe. Guess it wasn’t my time, but people loose their entire family on this plane and nothing! What a disgraceful and hurtful situation in Dominica.

    • Krazy
      April 23, 2013

      exactly and i thought this incident was an accident… 8-O

      • Anonymous
        April 23, 2013

        Yes a preventable one.

  50. Jimi Hendrix
    April 23, 2013

    Welcome to Dominica’s justice system. If this was a case of shoplifting, there would have been a prosecution within 1 week.

    To the family of he dead woman, don’t hold your breath expecting any kind of justice for your loved one. That is how things are done in Dominica. If that was a deliberate act of violence against the young lady, you would have seen something done. Mere negligence? Not a chance.

  51. thiny
    April 23, 2013

    If that happened to andrew’s daughter..would he seek justice?

    • Victoria ST
      April 23, 2013

      is dat a question ?
      every family has a right to seek justice
      how is it that Andrew child come into that stupid story ?
      All you have to be more sensitive to these issues

      every thing is a roro …even death is political

      Am so sorry for all you people

      Do you all know how compassionate and caring that Andrew A is ?

      This was an accident and he will have his day in court and we as a community are fully behind him.

      Yet we are sorry for what has happened.

      Andrew is our booo!

    • Mr , Gouty
      April 23, 2013

      It WAS AN ACCIDENT AND KNOWING Mr. Armour did all he could to help Miss. Casey Shulman and he cried like a child, that day, and take note Mr, Armour is a young business man who gives work to meney young people in Dominica so he would not want to have had him self in that problem so we should think before we speak.

  52. Patriotic B
    April 23, 2013

    Hope justice is served because we take things to lightly in Dominica.

    It is quite clear that the family understands that the process takes time but if an arrest has not been made since December then this is ridiculous. Happy they have retained local lawyers as part of their legal team and I’m looking forward this case.

    • Justice and Truth
      April 23, 2013

      If it was an accident and not his fault why should he be arrested?

  53. Observer
    April 23, 2013

    Dominica under the threat of an economic blackmail once again and we have among us those who will jump for joy, joy, joy should a class action suite be brought on Dominica. Unfortunatley and regrettably a life was loss and there are many questions to be asked. But should that lead to a local euphoria, ecstacy over the possibility of an economic black mail of the country we claim to so love. America has its own problems with its justice system. The Boston bombing is a classic example of how Americans are divided over what should or should not happen to somebody who conspired to kill and perhaps actually killed innocent people. There is no clear consensus on the way forward. The Justiec Department has a view, the State of Boston has one, the Chief of Police in Boston has another and the Public Defender (an American whose life perhaps was threatened as well) has other views. My people, that partisan poitics at every turn will not get us anywhere. Perhaps Mr. Armour will come to understand who his real friends are. those who are rejoicing over what action the family intends to take are firmly entrenched on his side of things political here.

    • %
      April 23, 2013

      Do you want to guide the brain that resides in the head of Dominicans?
      Our justice system is so bad that words cannot describe it. However i suspect that it’s a non Dominican national involved, so we are going to see action as soon as possible.Remember it is an upside down inside out country.

      • Observer
        April 23, 2013

        I am not too sure if you have one to control. I certainly would not want to control it. your response is likened to that of an imbecile. Because not too long ago you were ecstatic over a particular court decision which spanned a decade in the making. Justice has been served you shouted from the top of Morne Diablotin. Today, without any good and sensible cause, you are hell bent on destroying what you hailed aloft a few weeks past. The saddest thing about all this is that your singular motivation for such a position is because Mr. Roosevelt Skerrit from Veille Case is the PM. Eat your heart out now if you want. Enough said.

    • April 23, 2013

      Are you serious? The family is seeking justice and you rambling garbage. You seem to be the one poking politics. The justice system must pursue justice irrespective of nationality.
      With all your nonsense about America if such an accident had occurred to a Dominican iAmerica there would be unlimited access to the justice system.
      Clearly your attitude is the reason why everything is upside dDominicae why there is selective justice in Dominica. If Armour was involved in an accident that caused the death of someone then he must answer to the justice system. If he should not have been operating the vessel then he must be held responsible. Isn’t that the way it should be. If Mr nobody son or daughter drove a vehicle without license and end up killing someone Mr nobody son will be arrested- no doubt.

    • KUBA
      April 23, 2013

      whould this be your reaction if it was one of your close relatives say your son or daughter tomany times we take things for grated in dominica

    • Justice and Truth
      April 23, 2013

      Since you mentioned this, how about the debate in Washington over gun control? They cannot agree on one thing. President Obama was disappointed that there were more “No’s than “Yes’s”. Soon after the Boston Bombing occurred. One would think that they would learn a lesson. America, America, America, I cry for thee.

  54. Discombobulated
    April 23, 2013

    This is really really poor on the authorities. Really poor. I am disappointed. They couldn’t even keep the people updated? You all want tourism and no health and safety laws are bein implemented. No licences and enforcement for those licences. Dominica is, and how much I hate saying this, but it is pathetic. I hope the family gets some form of justice. I promise you, they will not let this go. Look out for Dominica on CNN and on fox. Wait till O’Riley gets a smell of this. He will come like a shark smelling blood. Poor on all those in authority.

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2013

      Who said we want tourism? What we want is State Palace and our “policies” and “actions” reflect that.

  55. Malgraysa
    April 23, 2013

    This is such a shameful reflection on our legal justice system. Apart from causing anguish to the Shulman family it has serious repercussions for us. Which serious investor would want to put their money into a country where the law is applied willy-nilly or not at all?

  56. Interesting
    April 23, 2013

    But isn’t this a civil matter?? Why are they asking the DPP to bring charges??? Shouldn’t the family take on their own and bring a civil negligence suit against the Company operating the boat and Mr. Armour in his individual capacity? I’m kinda confused…

    • April 23, 2013

      xactly

      • saqwagas
        April 24, 2013

        whilst the option of a civil suit for wrongful death is an option that the family may wish to pursue, this is also a criminal matter – possibly one of manslaughter, hence the inclusion of the DPP, who is responsible for all criminal prosecutions in the commonwealth of dominica.

  57. Aye Dominique
    April 23, 2013

    Ok! I want to say to the Shulman family, this is just one of many cases of suppression of justice in Dominica. Welcome to DA!

    What I think the authorities are failing to understand is the devastating effect of the ineffectiveness and incompetence of the justice system. This is cutting through all segments and facet of society. Tourist will not visit, investors will not invest, Dominicans will leave in droves and crime rates will skyrocket and we are already seeing evidence of that.

    I do not care what anyone has to say, the Shulman family needs justice.

    I wonder what it’s going to take for my country to step up and do better. It is sad, and I sympathize with the Shulman’s on the tragic and senseless death of their daughter.

    • D.A.2Dbone
      April 23, 2013

      what are you Babbling about….Everyone know’s our justice system is not the best and it’s not only now this is so! so whaats your point exactly.. it’s been that way ever since who know’s when.. Let me say that my heart goes out to this Family on their loss and I pray that the justice system in Dominica will really bring an end to this… However i believe we are too polarised and everything in this Country is Just about Blue, Green, Red, Yellow and Orange!!!!….ShsH Man.

    • looking in
      April 24, 2013

      As sad as this situation is, we must remember that Dominicans also die and are killed in other countries too. Should our families demand of these country legal system to pursue a case that is dectated by them and a team of high power lawyers? We maybea small ciuntry, insignificant in the eyes of outsiders, but respected, we must be! The family certainly can request information on the case, if its still pending and should expect and receive follow ups from the investigating team. Any decision to bring a criminal case to court should be made by the prosector office based on their findings, not the family’s plea or fear of big firmm lawyers. Cases involving accidental deaths are very sensitive.

  58. Anonymous
    April 23, 2013

    Oh lord. I mean what a tragedy for her family but I also feel for Mr. Armour. Accidents happen. Just a sad situation all around.

    • KUBA
      April 23, 2013

      that s very true but accidents can be avoided if we do things correctly

  59. NewtownPeople
    April 23, 2013

    Andrew Armour is a law abiding citizen and is very much remorseful over this traumatic event. It was a dreadful accident and we as a community and country understand and feels the pain of the Family of the deceased.

    The legal system is slow and this has been how the system is and we pray for it to be much more efficient. Andrew cannot prevent the authorities from arresting him; neither is he expected to rush to the police headquarters and beg the authorities to arrest and or charge him. Mr. Armour is a model of discipline and you just cannot ask for a more disciplined and caring Dominican. He will never ever forget this unfortunate event. Can you all appreciate that Andrew is also in deep pain over all of this and he is eternally sorry.

    If he is found culpable for this accident and hence is deemed negligent then so be it. We are all sorry over all of this and know of the very negative impact this can have on our fragile tourist industry.

    Andrew Armour is not above the law and has no capacity or intent to impede the flow of the wheels of justice.

    WE are sad at your loss and extend deepest sympathies and apology to the loved ones , friends and members of the Schulman Family in the USA and elsewhere.

    • Anonymous
      April 24, 2013

      Well said!!!

  60. Deeply Concerned
    April 23, 2013

    I feel really sorry for the family of this young woman…DA has no real justice system!…To many un pleasant things are happening and no one is to be blamed…It get buried under the carpet….Repeated offenders are placed back out in public to kill…I hope this rise a big case.That some one pays…It’s time for some serious changes on this land..To much crimes are noticed but hardly get further recognition of the wrong doings…We can’t continue to live like this!!!…

    R.I.P Casey Shulman

    • April 23, 2013

      Now is not the time for such comment(s). What you have written is not hurting Mr. Armour but rather it affects Dominica very negatively. If this had happened in Barbados, Barbadians would be tight-lipped. Please don’t destroy your country.

      So you just cool down; let the law take its course. This is not a “you or us/them thing.” It’s not a Party thing. It’s a ” Dominica thing.”

      Like you, all well-meaning Dominica, I included, want to see justice done. I hold no grudge against Mr. Armour or other privileged young folks.

      And to the Govt. of Dominica and the DPP, I say,”Don’t let Americans intimidate you. Take you time; show no favouritism, no vindictiveness and, no cover-up.”

      • April 24, 2013

        I agree with you, because we are small does not mean they can intimidate us. They have to allow the process to take its course.

    • ....
      April 23, 2013

      @ Deeply Concerned: This is a backward and ignorant statement coming from you. Are you Dominican? While I admit too many cases are slipping through the cracks, it’s the determination of her family to stand up and not allow this to die that is remarkable. A Dominican (Salisbury) young woman was murdered in NY, once the NYPD told her family they were looking into it, that was the end, like the million of other cases that falls through the cracks daily in the US. You have drunk drivers mowing down innocent people and getting 5 years or suspended sentences in the great USA. What we should all be learning is the rightful fighting spirit of this family to see justice comes to light for their Daughter. This is not about bashing Dominica, as if we are a bunch of savages. I know this isn’t the sentiment of the family. Armour was beyond negligent and he must be made to pay. Anyone who has lost a loved one through this kind of tragedy should do no less than they have, but this is slow pace of the rule of law is not symptomatic to Dominica alone.

      • April 23, 2013

        …..amen….

      • Anonymous
        April 24, 2013

        People shouldn’t expect the NYPD to do anything

    • stupid
      April 23, 2013

      How can you, How dare you use the words :
      “crime” , “I hope this rise a big case” “That someone pays” for this particular unfortunate affair. Shame on you.
      This affair is an accident which could have happened to any Dominican boat captain,or to any captain worldwide. It is far too easy to want to blame the boat captain and see him “pay” money. It seems “money” again is the only thing these americans know. Money. Money will unfortunately not bring this nice young lady. This is a terrible accident. But it is an accident.
      I am tired to see these people reject any risk in their lives, reject the accident factor. You want to minimize the risk, stay home and watch TV. You go dive at sea in the Caribbean, there is a risk. Accept it.
      Don’t you think M. Armour will have these images in his mind all his life ?
      This is exactly what insurance companies call “act of god” . But as soon as money is involved, everybody wants to find someone guilty.
      Disgusting.

      • ()
        April 23, 2013

        If you are not Armour, then ‘Shut the Hell Up’, your fool… Since when you know our justice system is working? It is part of what is contributing to the failed state in which we live in.

      • Anonymous
        April 23, 2013

        I am disgusted by your comment a young woman died -her parents lots a daughter -what did he loose?

      • Anonymous
        April 23, 2013

        Google the meaning of an act of God before you post such nonsense.

      • April 24, 2013

        Was Miss Schulman a passenger in Mr. Armour’s boat, or a passenger in another boat? I thought I heard she was in (party mode) fell into the water and was hit by a propeller. If that is what happened, how is Mr. Armour at fault or even negligent? I would think negligence would be on Miss Schulman’s part for not being a little more careful. I also think that even if she was in Mr. Armour’s boat, she fell. I do not see where Mr. Armour is at fault. Just my observation.

    • Joe
      April 23, 2013

      Deeply Concern;

      I am also deeply concern that a young woman from Salisbury who was studying in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA your dream country, was BRUTALLY MURDERED and uptil now no one was arrested although the evidence was glaring as to who the criminal was!!!!!!

      You are suffering from ‘INFERIORITY COMPLEX’ it is a disease that is very popular in third world countries, it attacks your PATRIOTISM and makes you foolish…

      Sadly there is no real known cure for this complex!!!!!!!

    • INFO
      April 23, 2013

      it’s not a crime it’s not he did it on purpose! it is an accident.

    • (.) (.)
      April 23, 2013

      @Deeply Concerned …. accidents do happen and they are happening everywhere. Mr. Armour did not intentionally kill the young woman. Don’t bring down you country like that.Every country has it’s set of laws …some suck whilst others are better. Right now , all we have to do is pray for both families and let the justice system deal with the rest. DOMNICHEN TOU MAUVAIS!!!

      • April 24, 2013

        Agreed, this was an accident. Hopefully, the Schulman family is not seeking monetary compensation because they may not recover what they are willing to spend on their fleet of lawyers to pursue this matter. I think an apology from Mr. Armour should suffice. I do not think he should be arrested, that will not bring back Miss Schulman.

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2013

      All this is unnecessary. It was an Accident. He did not willfully killed the girl. What are they going to charge him for. Maybe just maybe if we put ourselves in his shoes instead of being jealous of his success we would stand by him and support him as Dominicans 100%. Americans stand up for their own, its about time we do the same and stand with Mr. Armour ours. My condolences again to the family, but it was an accident.

    • April 24, 2013

      Everyone is hell bent over the Dominican Justice System. Are you all paying attention to the Justice System worldwide? I DO NOT believe that the Justice System in Dominica is worse than anywhere else in the world. STOP PUTTING YOURSELVES DOWN. YOU MAKE OTHER PEOPLE LOOK DOWN ON YOU. SHAME.

    • Deeply Concern
      April 24, 2013

      Typical Dominican…To lie and defend what they know to be true..Until it happens to them..YOU would want his body parts,*Andrew Armour* delivered to YOU!!!!
      The justice system sucks big time…I don’t need to know what happened overseas…I look at my backyard and it’s dirty…Gun by shootings..Policemen rapes of young girls..Now we have a Juvenile who is charged with murder of killing his grandmother???!!!! :( :roll: ..Where ever YOU heard of such in our growing up days in DA?…This is too much for such a small land!!!!…Peoples get away with crimes to easily….If it was not a act of negligence in accident..Than let him come forth and face the judge!!!…
      DON’T just try and bury it and think it will go away?!!!!..There are families just like YOU waiting for answers…And what most of us tend to take for easy does it…The family of this woman won’t..Im glad!!!…Too much of these crimes go under….They need to come up and grab attentions!!!!

  61. che....
    April 23, 2013

    It was just about time. Americans don’t give up easily………………..

    • MIA
      April 23, 2013

      Most Americans like to sue…..their middle name is SUE.

    • April 24, 2013

      Americans are not the only nation that do not give up.

  62. Mamiez
    April 23, 2013

    Bondeaaaa, look local legal show down, this one I would like to see Tony battle in court…..
    I will be in court every day.

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