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GOV'T OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS v. HODGE, 02-1136, 02-1137, 02-1221, 02-1222

A certification by the Government that the Territorial Court's grant of a pretrial suppression motion deprives the Government of "substantial proof of the charge pending against the defendant" satisfies the requirements of 4 Virgin Islands Code section 39(a)(1), without a separate substantiality determination by the court. Accordingly, the Appellate Division had jurisdiction to hear plaintiff's interlocutory appeal.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 12/08/2003
  • Decided 02/26/2004
  • Published 02/26/2004

Judges

  • Before NYGAARD, BECKER, and STAPLETON, Circuit Judges.

Court

  • United States Third Circuit

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Harold W.L. Willocks, Debra Smith-Watlington (Argued), Leslie L. Payton, Territorial Public Defender, St. Thomas, for Appellant Selvin Hodge., George H. Hodge, Jr., St. Thomas, for Appellant Ottice Bryan., Bruce Streibich, Law Offices of Bruce W. Steibich, St. Thomas, for Appellant Kirsten Greenaway., Stephen A. Brusch (Argued), The Brusch Law Firm, St. Thomas, for Appellant Eladio Camacho.

  • For Appellees:
  • Iver A. Stridiron, Elliott M. Davis, Douglas J. Juergens (Argued), Department of Justice, St. Thomas, for Appellee, Government of the Virgin Islands.
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