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What next?

Griffiths unsure of next move due to Carrington’s silence

The court-ordered deadline for Speaker of the House Michael Carrington to settle a civil case with a former client has expired, but while admitting that no money has been forthcoming, both the claimant and his attorney were today tightlipped about what the next step would be.

Michael Carrington

Speaker of the House Michael Carrington.

Exactly a week ago when 78-year-old John Griffiths spoke with Barbados TODAY in an extensive interview, he spoke freely, saying he would even ask the court to order the seizure of Carrington’s assets to get the $210,000 owing him from the sale of one of his late aunt’s properties.

But today, he sidestepped all questions posed to him, saying he did not know what his next course of action would be or how long he was willing to wait for his former lawyer to pay up.

“My lawyer is looking into it [the next course of action],” Griffith responded. “It is up in the air, I don’t know what to do.”

John Griffiths says he has been waiting too long for what is rightfully his.

John Griffiths

When contacted, his attorney Khamal Collymore also said: “We are not willing to comment at this stage.”

On December 9, 2014, Madame Justice Jacqueline Cornelius issued an order requiring Carrington to render an account of all sums belonging to Griffiths’ aunt’s estate within 28 days, and pay all monies shown by the same account to be due, along with interest retroactive to May 13, 2014, until payment was made.

The matter has been a point of public debate and contention in the House of Assembly, with Carrington recusing himself from the Speaker’s chair last week when it was raised in Parliament.

However, he returned to the chair on Tuesday, with the strong backing of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

But the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, whose members staged walkouts on Tuesday, insisted it would not be attending Parliament as long as Carrington is sitting in the chair.

Carrington’s controversial issue has been referred to the Committee of Privileges and the Opposition has made it clear that the Speaker should not oversee any of Parliament’s proceedings until his case was determined.

11 Responses to What next?

  1. Kenneth a scott January 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

    This Matter should have been resolved Before and Mr.Carrington should NOT be able to SIT IN the House until He Things Right with Mr Griffiths he is a Disgrace to the Law.

  2. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt January 23, 2015 at 9:50 am

    He will retain a lawyer…that’s what’s next

  3. Jack Baeur
    Jack Baeur January 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Where are the court marshals this time to do their jobs

  4. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson January 23, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Why dont he just sell some of what he have in assets and pay the man and keep his name off the news it will be the most moral thing if he know morals

  5. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne January 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Once a country leaves the British Privy Council trust it very little. VERY little.

  6. seagul January 23, 2015 at 10:44 am

    As human beings we can never attain dignity and glory until we become —people of essence— of the soul …… A grand house, gourmet meals, a sense of power, etc—This is the condition that prevails largely today, especially in the charismatic world. We may be successful but without a sense of soul -integrity what are we but…..a disgrace. Deeper soul.

  7. seagul January 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

    ….How can the leaders be trusted today? When concepts and realities are turned upside down, When fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fiction, the law becomes lawless and the lawless becomes the law.. I think some people in this country live in a bubble. They live in a cocoon of their own convictions. They know who they are…but night time runs until daylight catches it.

  8. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry January 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Hope it don’t come out of the country’s purse!!

  9. E. Jerome Davis January 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Next comes “Hush money”.

  10. Alex Alleyne January 23, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Political Power , Economic Power . One held one without quickly gaining the other .

  11. Frank Gilkes January 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    When a lawyer misappropriate funds of a client he or she should be locked up.


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