Ex-soldier died from gunshot wounds – autopsy

first_imgThe finding of the autopsy done on the body of Marlon Rodney, the ex-soldier who was shot at the junction of Durban Street and Mandela Avenue in Georgetown during a heated argument with two men, is that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.Rodney was shot at least four times on April 25, 2019 during a heated argument over money owed to one of his assailants. During the incident, 20-year-old Shaquille Dion of Durban Street, Georgetown, who was passing at the time, also sustained gunshot injury, but has since been discharged from the hospital.Guyana Times was told that the shooting occurred at about 09:30h, and stemmed from a disagreement Rodney had had with one of the gunmen. According to reports, Rodney and one of the men reportedly had had a heated argument over money owed to him by Rodney when the suspect left and returned with two others.Following another headed argument, the trio, who were reportedly brandishing guns, opened fire on Rodney. Following the shooting, the suspects escaped.An investigation has since been launched.last_img read more


Judge: Logs for White House can’t be a secret

first_imgWASHINGTON – White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws and let them keep their guests a secret. The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which has fought the release of records showing visits by prominent religious conservatives. Visitor records are created by the Secret Service, which is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. But the Bush administration has ordered the data turned over to the White House, where they are treated as presidential records outside the scope of the public records law. In that second case involving White House visits by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Lamberth said he did not have the authority to issue such a ruling. Because the logs were declared Secret Service records, however, they cannot be destroyed without approval from the National Archives. President Clinton’s political opponents made extensive use of 1990s Secret Service logs documenting White House visits by donors, money-raisers, pardon-seekers and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. On Monday, Lamberth detailed the Secret Service’s acquiescence as the Bush administration took control of White House visitor records. The move took place amid the Abramoff scandal. In May 2006, Lamberth noted, the Secret Service transferred to the White House all records of visitors’ entries and exits during Bush’s presidency from Jan. 20, 2001, to April 30, 2006. The Bush administration had sought to have the case moved to another judge by consolidating it with a similar lawsuit before U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer, an appointee of President Bush. Lamberth, who served in the Justice Department before President Reagan put him on the federal bench, has roiled Democratic and Republican administrations alike with rulings rejecting government secrecy claims. On Monday, Collyer and Lamberth agreed to consolidate the two Abramoff-related cases before Lamberth, even though Collyer, in accordance with long-standing courthouse practice, would have dealt with both because the case she was hearing was the older of the two.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champBut U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled logs from the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s residence remain Secret Service documents and are subject to public records requests. In a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a liberal watchdog group, Lamberth ordered the Secret Service to turn over visitor logs regarding nine conservative religious commentators, including James Dobson, Gary Bauer and Jerry Falwell. “I think it’s hugely significant,” said Anne L. Weismann, the watchdog group’s chief counsel. “The judge saw their arguments for what they were.” White House spokesman Tony Fratto and Justice Department spokesman Charles Miller said lawyers were reviewing the decision and they would have no immediate response. The Bush administration is expected to appeal the ruling. In a separate case, CREW had sought an order declaring illegal a Bush administration policy under which the Secret Service destroys its copies of the logs once they are turned over to the White House. last_img read more