Bridgewater: Going Down?

Tuesday 31st, August 2010 / 09:35 Published by

Bahamas Attorney General John Delaney dismissed reports in the local media that his office was considering abandoning the upcoming retrial of former PLP senator Pleasant Bridgewater and ex-ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne on charges relating to the alleged extortion attempt on US actor John Travolta.

There had been rumours that the AG’s office was considering entering a nolle prosequi – a declaration that the prosecution of a case is to discontinued.

“I don’t know where they would have gotten that from,” said Mr Delaney of the comments on the matter, which were supposedly from “high level sources” in the Attorney General’s Office.

Mr Delaney said his office is the only one that can enter a nolle prosequi and that is not his plan.

“As far as the Attorney General’s Office is concerned, the (retrial) action will proceed.”

The retrial is scheduled for Monday, September 6. It was ordered by Senior Justice Anita Allen after she declared a mistrial in the first trial following an announcement by MP Picewell Forbes at the PLP  convention that Ms Bridgewater was a “free woman”. Yet, jurors were still deliberating at the time Mr Forbes made the announcement.

Judge Allen has been criticized for her actions because she declared a mistrial but did not hold Mr Forbes, or anyone accountable.

One legal observer said:

“Either it was a mistrial or it wasn’t.  If indeed a mistrial was declared because of Mr Forbes remarks, then he should have gone to jail for contempt of court.

If Forbes’ comments were made based on information from a leak in the jury, then an investigation should have been undertaken and a jury member should be in jail.

But for the trial to be skewered, with no one being held accountable, smacks of a pre-arranged conspiracy against justice.”

Some reports in US tabloids suggested that Mr Travolta no longer wishes to testify for the prosecution in the case as his wife, Kelly Preston, is now expecting another child.

But the case is really rather open and shut and evidence against the two suspects is overwhelming.  The prosecution should be successful whether Mt Travolta testifies or not.

Mr Travolta testified at the first trial, which relates to the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, at the family’s vacation home on Grand Rahama in January 2009.

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13 Comments on “Bridgewater: Going Down?

  • The Bahamas is probably the only country in the world where it pays to commit a crime. Your face will be plastered on the cover of all the newspapers, you will be a celebrity and you will be smiling all the way to freedom. It is not a mystery why our country is headed south. The work of the Royal Bahamas Police Force appears to go in vain. The courts are in disarray, illegal immigration is out of control and all hell has broken loose. While we kid ourselves and tap each other on the shoulder and say, “What a great country we live in.”

  • Nigel Gray Williamstown Exuma

    Plain and simple. Bridgewater & Co was guilty as sin. Why would the Travolta’s lie? They wouldn’t. We all know our politicians are greedy sods and these two take the “johnny cake”. Yes they do. They should be expelled from the PLP party. Stinking rottin’ trash! I say sack em! Sack em now! Bridgewater has shamed herself, her country and the PLP!!!!!!!!!!!! Kick her BLACK . . . out! Do it now Perry & Brave! We don’t need her kind!

  • Susan: It is my opinion that you can’t trust most, if any, of the lawyers in the Bahamas. If they are an attorney worth their salt then they are corrupt or they wouldn’t have “made” it in the system. The same is true (quadrupled) for Bahamian politicians. DO NOT TRUST THEM! Not even when it’s a nice looking lady all neatly dressed in pristine white and praising God.

  • I don’t care what it takes, this bridge needs to collapse into the troubled waters to show that our justice system has something pleasant to offer.

    • Clever comment! I can’t help feeling sorry for her as she was in a financial bind at the time, and perhaps temptation (and greed) got the better of her.I also often wonder if the figure requested was REALLY that high? Regardless, if there’s sufficient evidence, the extortionist’s should be held accountable, or the Bahamas will appear corrupt across the globe.

  • Pleasant Bridgewater needs to go down, what she did was just too blatant and she got caught. I am so tired of every corrupt Bahamian politician being able to just do whatever they do and get away with it even when caught redhanded. It is really bad for the morale of this country.

  • With the evidence they have – the tape recordings and all – they should be able to prosecute these two without Mr Travolta’s testimony. Or, maybe he can testify by videotape.

    • I agree. Especially if his wife is pregnant. She has already lost a beloved son, and their family should not have to go through the anguish of sitting through a second trial. This would not be good for her emotionally (not to mention flying here)in her present condition. I trust the court have taken this into consideration.

  • There does seem to be quite a bit of legal maneuvering in this case and it does not reflect well on the Bahamas.


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