Jacqueline Theodore and government to face off at appeals court


A matter involving former parliamentary secretary Jacqueline Theodore and the attorney general will come before the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeals court this morning.

Atribunal had awarded Theodore over $3 million for land belonging to her husband in Calibishie, which the government had acquired for the use of a road some years ago.

Theodore took the issue to the media some time ago when she was not fully compensated by the government.

Government then announced that it would appeal the amount that was awarded to the former parliamentary secretary in 2008 for the land.

She has already been paid $ 210,737. according to the Government. Several other criminal and civil appeals are also to be heard at the hearing.

The appeals court will run from November 8-12, 2010.

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  1. is this what we have come to
    November 10, 2010

    why do we make everything a political matter, dominicans please stop and think of what we are saying. I am so sick i tired of the people of this country it just a shame.

  2. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 9, 2010


    Listen and/or pay heed! To all of you who appear to be negative and always spew negative words and insults to those who disagree with you and who state that the lady is not entitled to the amount which was awarded to her by the Court, what is this dispute about? She did not award herself $3M. The Court awarded her $3M because her property is worth it including lawyer’s fees.
    Whether it was the previous government who did not pay her $3M, ask yourselves, why is the government refusing to pay her the balance? What is the hold-up for? It is unfair to her and deceitful. It is breech of promise to pay and that is wrong. Need I state any more?
    As for those who offer advice to her, my advice to you is to refrain from doing so. Not everyone’s advice is worth accepting and adopting. People need encouragement and not discouragement. Allow her the freedom of right to pursue this case. Give her all the support you possibly could, be it in writing.

  3. Laughable
    November 9, 2010

    @ROCKSY: I dont know where Dominicans get that Matt make up this quote. Ignorance really is bliss.

    Dear Yahoo!:
    Who said, “Better to keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt”?
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Dear John:
    This was a tougher nut to crack than we originally thought. Not only could we not find a definite answer to your question, we couldn’t even confirm the exact wording of the quote.

    Searches on “better to keep your mouth closed” and “better to remain silent” (using the quotation marks in both cases) turned up numerous web pages, all offering different versions of the phrase. Some sources quoted the saying as “It’s far better…”, some substituted the words “stupid,” “ignorant,” or “simpleton” for the word “fool,” and still others twisted the saying into an almost unrecognizable form.

    A page titled Mark Twain and the Mutating Quote attributed at least four variations of the same phrase to the eminently quotable Twain, explaining that it was a case of “split personality” that accounted for the variations, rather than a rash of misquotes.

    Other pages suggested a number of other authors for the saying, including: Abraham Lincoln, George Eliot, Groucho Marx, Albert Einstein, and a mysterious figure named Silvan Engel.

    In an attempt to solve this proverbial puzzle, we paid a visit to Bartleby.com, home to the online version of Familiar Quotations. Unfortunately, after searching on a number of possible keywords and potential authors, we couldn’t find a single reference to this quote.

    All the confusion and disagreement surrounding both the author and the wording of this saying led us to suspect that it may be a simple maxim, not attributable to any single person — which is not to question its wisdom.

  4. November 9, 2010

    If is money she have, we will milk the kitty for her.

    Bolo P

    November 9, 2010

    @mouth of the south: What are you on about? Do you know the land in question? Well for your information I am quite familiar with that case and i know the lady got enough for the road, I tired advise Jacqueline to accept what she got and leave well alone, instead she spending all her money on legal fees!!!!

    I am being objective but it’s obvious your mind is clouded with POLITICS, so it is almost impossible to have a fair discussion with you, so go ahead and eat your heart out.

    Look they charge her lawyer $700 for not properly filing the case which is causing the case to be delayed by another 21 days, get your facts before commenting – IT IS BETTER TO BE THOUGHT OF AS A FOOL THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT – MATT PELTIERRE.

  6. scorpionqueen
    November 9, 2010

    well we will see where they go from there

  7. PAIN
    November 9, 2010

    Pay de lady her money and vex with her !

  8. The Third Side
    November 8, 2010

    How can Dominicans allow their government to pay 3 Million dollars for road access on land that belongs to you

    I think Dominicans should be protesting that one, don’t allow your government to pay for this scheme to pay

  9. curves
    November 8, 2010

    @Domnichey: tell skerrit the longest rope have an end also take hid tony and the other dogs.

  10. true blood
    November 8, 2010

    my bad the word is remember

  11. true blood
    November 8, 2010

    to date politicians fool the massive church becomes a place to practice witch craft these comments some of them prove the level of ignorance we have in this country. Who say that uwp was in office 2007 i vividly rember Julius Timothy and others on this land issue yes go back to the archives however Jacqueline got bitter pills at Loraine B roberts and the list goes on BUT papa bondie ba fam la sa ki si de un shen ou hi e ma bye sa ki si LORD come and show ur power hahahaha laugh the best i coming home

  12. gaynproud
    November 8, 2010

    @mouth of the south: marco shut up !

  13. ZERO
    November 8, 2010

    @dkt It is fools like you skerrit likes around him,because you are not even aware of which government was in office in 2007…He can tell you “yes my clown you are right” and you will go to the four corners of Dominica and proclaim this nonsense loudly..He is very nervous around those he cannot manipulate…TRUST ME HE WILL LEAVE YOU WHERE YOU ARE IN YOUR IGNORANCE BECAUSE HE HAS YOU TRAPPED ALREADY..!!!!!

  14. GEE
    November 8, 2010

    The lady deserve her money,so pay her…. SO THAT SHE CAN ALSO BUILD HER LILAC PAINTED VILLAS ….!!!!

    November 8, 2010

    @dkt: Allah Dkt you have no idea what you are talking about. I doh want to tell you to shut up but sometimes we need to keep our mouths closed weee.

  16. Truth B Told
    November 8, 2010

    Let’s get the facts straight…

    Granted the Labour Party was in government when the judgement was handed down in 2007. However, it was the UWP Government that in 1998 tresspassed on Ms Theodore’s land to construct a road. Further, the UWP Government acknowledged that tresspass and agreed to pay her adequate compensation for the inconvenience.

    The AG acting on behalf of the current DLP government simply requested a review of the amount awarded ($3 million) as it seems quite excessive for providing road access to Ms Theodore and others in the area. The government has already paid $ 210,737 a considerable sum for the land in question.

  17. mouth of the south
    November 8, 2010

    @ROCKSY: i find u well rude n out of place ay ay,,,,the court that award the lady,,,u want to even play surveyor n dictate how much she have to get,,,,so is so allu doin it den,,,,allu want to go against the law of the land,,,i doh blame u,,,allu not innovative follow allu following,,,,,be a leader like prevost n bring ideas to the table,,,,,u well hardy n moe-d,,,,it would be good for u to face d lady for her to sarley u with maypwee!!!!!!

  18. mouth of the south
    November 8, 2010

    @dkt: ay ay ah labourite don’t even know when dere party take power,,,u said labour came in power in 2007 lol,,,,,,,well allu really blind,,,,one ting dat trance allu in dere allu will come out eh,,,,,sackway toney,,,,sackway gass,,,,,allu must be alice in wonderland n diego n dora d explorer,,,,,alllu in dreamland,,,,i doh blame allu,,,allu eyes blind with red dust,,,,cannot think or see further than allu noses,,,,,papamet man,,,,doh come on internet n emberass ur self so mi pal,,,,,,,,

  19. mouth of the south
    November 8, 2010

    @Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity: i not tryna be a hypocrite,,,,in fact how can i be,,,,i don’t believe in ur rosary talk,,,,yes i agree bout the prayer n the belief of jesus christ u mentioned n advised her,,,but look u putting rosary into it,,,so wat u really doing huh,,,,,the almighty tell us only through him can we be saved so wats up with the rosary,,,,is bout time allu stop dat o.k regardless if u go to catholic church since u born,,,,as adults we all know the rosary does nothing,,,,but allu say is a custom,,,,,,,well dat custom isn’t the right way o.k,,,,jus like allu say kneeling b4 a statue is custom,,,,when indeed it is idolatry,,,,a big no no in the christian faith,,,,,so is bout time we stop that rosary talk cuz it can’t do nothing for us!!!!!!!!

  20. Hm...
    November 8, 2010

    Are u serious? Who was in office in 2007?

    WEH! WEH! WEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SACWAY TONEH politics really have u blind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I rest my case, there is simply no use arguing with a stupid, ignorant and uneducated labour rite.

    I am still in shock.

  21. Seriously
    November 8, 2010

    @dkt: UWP was in power in 2007? Come on read this again. Roosevelt Skerrit has been in power from 2004 – present. UWP was in power from 1995 to 2000. The Labor party has been in power since 2000 to present.

    It is better if some of you remain quiet instead of blowing off steam.

  22. dkt
    November 8, 2010

    all that is because of Edison James wrong action that have the state today. if he did not take the lady land to build road for his band an set the state would not have to pay her. lets not forget that this matter did not start under this party. uwp that was in office in 2007. so doh put our pm the peoples pm out of all u things

    November 8, 2010

    What is the big deal – The government paid a Taxi driver in Pennsylvania almost US $300 for some garbage Bins that really cost $20.00 US at home depot (maybe $15.00 at Walmart). Pay the darn lady for her land and stop playing these stupid games. Somebody paid thousands of dollars for a carousel at Melville hall air port nand the carousel is useless. Somebody paid exorbitant prices for fertilizer that was inferior.

    It seems like the price is right only when their cronies stand to benefit and kick backs are in order. Note though that UWP would have done the same thing. Only the people can cleanup the political mess w have in Dominica.

  24. Poule Coutouni
    November 8, 2010


  25. X.
    November 8, 2010

    skerrit think is the national treasury hat there want to pay a little bit and pocket d rest not with the woman!!! isidore made a mistake again convinently on skerro behalf???
    not today!

  26. ROCKSY
    November 8, 2010

    I wonder how many miles of road the cut through that land because $3m for cutting a road appears to be extremely high if you ask me!!!

    The court should not accept this exorbitant figure, the $210,737 sounds more reasonable to me, that is the final payment, the road enhaces the land whats wrong with Jacqueline?

  27. bunny
    November 8, 2010

    i am sure if the land belonged to ivor nassief or tony astaphan, that 3 million or whatever would have been paid a long time ago. what is the problem – is she too small to receive that kind of money.

  28. PoKeSa
    November 8, 2010

    This case is a typical indictment of the Government’s approach – an over operatic style of grabbing in the absence of any formal process of land acquisition. Other outstanding cases exits, where the Government has got hold of people’s prized real estate (possession) by seizing quickly and easily.

    I’ve been pursuing my case for almost ten years now but to no avail. Every god damn attorney engaged in D/ca seems to collude with a government that is intent on disregarding people’s rights. The decision in this case may well set a precedent for others to follow.

    The jury is out – this may well explain the pervious AG’s decision to resign, failure to renew contract of employment. It reveals either gross incompetence or a cynical dereliction of the most elementary professional duties.

  29. Truth, Justice, Love, Peace and Unity
    November 8, 2010

    Looking from the outside in, land/property does not depreciate in value.
    Property for especially cultivation is worth a mint which could amount to billion of dollars through the years.
    Consider someone owning this type of property and another expropriating it and/or purchasing it. The amount they stand to gain from this property in years to come could amount to billions of dollars. Who is the loser? In this case, the owner of course who was approached by the government and was persuaded to sell the property for whatever reasons.
    Let me further inform you governments never want to pay what the property is worth. I mean, governments of any country. The government may have to be taken to Court.
    To be fair and just the lady deserves every bit of the money which was awarded to her, if not more. The present government you owe the lady the amount that she was awarded. Pay up! Please do not pursue this matter any further which is costing taxpayers additional costs. Give the lady the money which she deserves.
    I bring the Lord of all into this, the Creator and Ruler of the world who governs it, as he observes and notes from his heavenly abode. For the love of God be fair and just to her.
    I wish her well and that she will be awarded the rightful amount.
    God be with you my dear Dominican lady. Try not to have too much anxiety and lose sleep over this. Keep in mind, “What a friend we have in Jesus…Take it to the Lord in prayer.” God always answers prayers, in His own good time and in the manner He knows what is best for us.
    If you are a Catholic Christian, as you attend Holy Mass, pray the Holy Rosary, meditating on the Mysteries of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Make Novenas – a special nine day prayer – especially to The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ or any other favorite Novenas you wish to pray.
    God bless you and assist you in this strife. Keep strong of faith and health. God is in control.

  30. Well Look it
    November 8, 2010

    Just stay tuned my people…

  31. mouth of the south
    November 8, 2010

    i love that case,,,u know why,,,it will open our eyes to see we can sue for big money n be rewarded,,,,wrongful arrest,,sue dem,,,,police brutality,,,sue dem,,,,,,public n private practitioners doh wrong surgery or prescribe wrong medicine,,,sue dem,,,,sue sue sue,,,take dem to court,,,,is bout time we get serious in that land!!!!

  32. CuCuM
    November 8, 2010

    First of all DNO, the government never acquired the land of Jacqueline Theodore. The Government in 1998 tresspassed on her land to construct a road. The Government acknowledged that tresspass and agreed to pay compensation.

    Jacqueline Theodore is still in possesion of all her land

  33. Ragboy
    November 8, 2010

    Dominica is now a Coconut Republic under Roosevelt Skerrit and his thugs to include Tony Astaphan. They will continue to panipulate the courts that they have full control to do what they want. Thus, rendering our beloved country the laughing stock of the region. God save our country before it’s too late.

  34. Domnichey
    November 8, 2010

    I am seriously disappointed in the government’s approach to dealing with this matter. The lady has been wronged and irrespective of the government of the day she should be compensated. The former Ag made her mess and now she is gone. If the rule of law is worth its salt we will see this woman successful in the outcome. I have followed this story and she is within her rights.

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