Today in NY straw vendor Tracey Davis was sentenced to time served, 2 years probation and ask to leave the country within 24hrs. See below;
Foreign Affairs Reports on Sentencing of Bahamian Straw Vendor
By Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahamas
Oct 14, 2010 – 4:28:22 PM
Nassau, Bahamas – In keeping with the Government’s commitment to inform the public as appropriate regarding the cases of the nine Bahamian citizens arrested in New York on 18 September 2010, and charged with conspiracy in the trafficking of counterfeit goods and services in violation of title 18 section 2320 United States code, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to advise the public as follows:
In its Press Release of the 22 September 2010 the Ministry informed the public of the situation regarding the Bahamian nationals at that time. The Consul General, Carl Smith, and Vice Consul, Sandra Poitier McLaughlin visited all the Bahamian nationals on 22 and 24 September and 1 October 2010, and reports that they are all well.
The case of Tracey Davis was heard on 5 October 2010 at which time she pled guilty. She was bailed and released on her own recognizance and ordered to return to court on 14 October 2010 for sentencing. She remained in New York.
At today’s proceedings Ms Davis was sentenced to time served and placed on two (2) years probation. She is expected to return home tomorrow.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs wishes to pay special tribute to all persons involved in this case whose outcome respects the rule of law and the exercise of compassion. The Ministry is pleased that Ms Davis will soon be home with her family.
The Consul General and his staff will continue to monitor the cases of the other Bahamian nationals.
So I have some questions;
- Will the other Straw vendors get the same deal if they plead guilty?
- What did our government promise to get this lady freed?
- Is this beneficial to The Bahamian Public in the long run?
My crystal ball is saying there will be major crack downs in the near future; DVDs, Bags Jewelry etc. Yall better sell your current stock.