– Commissioner wants probe, as questions raised over hiring of CCJ lawyerHer job includes providing legal advice to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), but on Tuesday, Legal Advisor Excellence Dazzel’s tabling of a legal opinion requested by a Commissioner nevertheless landed her in hot water.GECOM’s lawyer before the CCJ, Stanley Marcus, SCThe legal advice pertains to the voter’s list that expired last month and was requested by Opposition nominated Commissioner Bibi Shadick. According to Government nominated Commissioner Desmond Trotman, the tabling of the opinion was done without the permission of the full Commission.According to Trotman, the matter is before the court. He noted that Shadick said she put together her request for an opinion since April, but added that there was no indication of a draft being formulated.While he admitted that any Commissioner could make a request from staff for something, acting on that request depends on the entire Commission meeting. He said the Chairman will eventually determine whether an investigation is warranted.But while Trotman had objections to the legal opinion being offered without the input of the Commission, he had no such issues with the unilateral hiring of Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus, who represented GECOM before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in the case of Christopher Ram v the Attorney General of Guyana, the Leader of the Opposition and Joseph Harmon.GECOM’s Legal Officer Excellence Dazzel“The Commission as a body would not have made that decision, but the Chairman would have been the person to maybe advise that we go in that direction… I think it had to do with time, time constraints. So the Chairman, I believe, on behalf of the Commission, (acted),” Trotman said.“Shadick raised the question of payment (for the lawyer). And what the Chairman has said, is that no bill has been presented to the Commission so far. I think what happens is that each member of the legal fraternity names their own price,” he added, when asked how much was being paid to Marcus.GECOM CommissionerBibi ShadickMeanwhile, Shadick herself informed the media that despite the retention of Marcus by GECOM, questions about how much he is being paid are not being answered by the GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.“I don’t know how much money he is getting, God knows. I have (been questioning), but I’m not getting any answers. And no decision was taken here, no discussion was done. So things are happening without the Commission having any idea,” Shadick said.
Maybe a lottery would help – With the poor turnout in the recent election (yes, we had one), the Los Angeles City Council has proposed a radical change to draw more voters. “Our elections are just too boring,” said Councilman Dennis Zine. “The people deserve more entertaining choices on the ballot. That’s why I’m proposing that from now on, Los Angeles ballots should be in “Mad Lib” form.” Zine offered some examples: “If _______________ were on the L.A. School Board and Proposition X were passed, the mayor could take over the educational system while sitting on the ________, but only if Ballot Initiative _____ passes providing millions for ________.” Oh, that Ann – Continuing to defend her “faggot” reference in speaking about John Edwards, Ann Coulter admonished Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace for his likening homosexuality to adultery. “That’s just plain hate speech,” said the black-cocktail-dress garbed bomb-thrower. “At least I didn’t say that John Edwards was immoral. And, believe me, I certainly wouldn’t have a problem sending him to fight in Iraq.” There are always exceptions, kind of – Pace defended his remarks, saying that while he believes homosexuality is immoral, gays who were wounded or died fighting for America “weren’t as immoral.” Depends on how you look at it – While ex-wives of Republican presidential candidates have formed an organization with membership already in the thousands to fight against their husbands’ candidacy, divorce lawyers all over the nation are hailing Rudy Guiliani’s and potential candidate Newt Gingrich’s contribution to their industry. Not my mistakes, theirs – “Mistakes were made,” said a red-faced Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, describing the recent federal prosecutor firings by the Justice Department that were, in fact, political. “How in the world someone in my office would be sloppy enough to let out the truth is probably our worst mistake.” Hey, he could have been Elizabeth Berkley’s baby – Tori Spelling gave birth to a baby boy Tuesday, and he immediately showed that he’s got his mother’s acting instinct. “The baby tried to cry,” said obstetrician Dr. Paul Imout. “But he was unable to tear up, and so to tear up, he kept telling the nurses who his grandfather was.” Known as Al-Qaida’s No. 3 man – Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has confessed to masterminding the 9-11 attack as well as a plethora of other terrorist actions. “I was responsible for the 9-11 operation from A to Z,” Mohammed said in a statement, “except maybe for Q.” Mohammed told a tribunal that he and his brethren scum tried to plan some atrocity that started with Q, but was stymied by the lack of a good dictionary. Mohammed assured the tribunal that he would never do that “terrorism stuff” again. “Can I go home now?” added the alphabetically challenged mass-murderer. Adopters R Us – After the adoption of a Vietnamese child, actress Angelina Jolie said she doesn’t plan to stop until she adopts the rest of Vietnam. “Not all of Vietnam,” explained the lip- brimming beauty. “Just the south. I don’t want to go crazy. We just don’t have the room. At least not until Brad finishes building the addition.” Depends on what your definition of hypocrisy is – In a radio interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, presumptive Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has admitted to having an extra-marital affair during the same period he was leading the impeachment battle against President Clinton, but sees no hypocrisy on his part. “Clinton lied to a court. I only lied to my wife,” explained Gingrich while he threw stones from his newly built glass house. Thanks for the laughs, Rich – Comedian Richard Jeni: Funny man. Nicer guy. Steve Young is the author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!