USVI Governor Pardons Senator after Supreme Court Ruling

The USVI is in the midst of  major election year. One major front-runner is sitting USVI Delegate to Congress, Ms. Donna Christensen, who is poised to become the first woman to become Governor of the US Territory. Although the election is just 60 days or more away, a major controversy has made the headlines and social media. The U.S.V.I. Supreme court ruling that long-term senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen can not run in this year’s election, although she qualified in the preliminaries, created a major upset in this year’s election. However, the issue was further exasperated by the Governor of the U.S.V.I.John De Jongh, who issued a statement about a possible pardon for the senator, who was allowed to run and won in two consecutive terms, after receiving probation for tax evasion in 2009.

In a statement released on September 3, 2014,  Governor de Jongh said he was not “comfortable with an outcome that denies the voters of St. Croix an opportunity to decide again for themselves what they have twice before decided during the elections for the 29th and 30th Legislatures.” He added that it was “publicly known at the time of those elections that the Senator had been convicted of these crimes.”

She has asked for that pardon. And I shall grant it because I believe that the wrong that she committed stands, as it has stood, as a mark against her and her record, but that it is properly for those who have elected her to public office knowing the facts of her conviction to decide whether she should serve again.

Senator Alicia "Chucky" Hansen
Senator Alicia “Chucky” Hansen

The governor also said that Hansen fulfilled obligations that arose from her sentence, and that her candidacy was “challenged in each of those election cycles and the election system qualified her and placed her name on the ballot for each of those two elections.”

After giving an explanation in the statement, de Jongh revealed that Senator Hansen “has asked for that pardon. And I shall grant it because I believe that the wrong that she committed stands, as it has stood, as a mark against her and her record, but that it is properly for those who have elected her to public office knowing the facts of her conviction to decide whether she should serve again.”

Read the Governors Official Statement: Source VI Consortium 

 

Social Media Responses: (Jason Charles) 

“The country running good and we like it so.”

Chucky did it again!!! Wow can’t believe it.

Janelle K. Sarauw: Where is the clergy on this issue? Where is One Voice? Where are my anti-gay marchers? I think this one is a sin too. I hope this is on the agenda of the church; the corruption we have. Or is my anti-gay friends gonna excuse this sin and continue to magnify mine.