Defendants in the V.I. Superior Case filed on behalf of six of the seven members of the St. Croix Board of Elections say they are ready to defend themselves against charges of defamation of character and to deny they created a scandal. The members of the Board of Elections – Rupert Ross Jr., Lisa Harris Moorhead, Dodson James, Anita Davila, Carmen Golden and Raymond Williams – filed suit in V.I. Superior Court against members of the V.I. Action Group, fellow Board of Elections member Adelbert Bryan and others who the board members say are trying to ruin their reputations.
The defendants named in the 16-page complaint are Shalima Edwards, Mary Moorhead, Bodil Simmonds, Pat Oliver, Frances McIntosh, David Benjamin, Delores Finch, Marcy Richardson, Coleen Clarke, Epiphane Joseph, Evelyn Bascombe, Lawrence Liburd, Juliet Liburd, Krista Schuldeman, Phyllis Nielsen, James Wilson, Delores Chrichlow, Marvin Forbes, Wendell Parris and Bryan. The complaint describes them as being a part of the V.I. Action Group, along with former senatorial candidate Michael Springer and St. Thomas-St. John Board of Elections member Lawrence Boschulte.
The complaint charges that the defendants created a scandal and produced and published false, misleading and offensive material about the board members in order to recall them. The defendants said Tuesday that the lawsuit is toothless. Yohana Manning, attorney for the V.I. Action Group, says the group believes that the lawsuit is frivolous and a political maneuver for the plaintiffs to regain public support after the defendants amassed more than 17,000 signatures supporting the recall of six of the seven board members.