In a reaction to a statement issued by Attorney General Huw Shepheard threatening legal action calling for moderation on the part of certain websites that have bitterly attacked the judiciary, deputy governor, Governor Ric Todd and certain civil servants using profanity, slurs and poor language, a group of attorneys has defended the postings as free speech.
On the other hand, the Bar Council has issued a letter supporting Shepheard’s position.
Two of the lawyers taking issue with the attorney general’s position, Mark Fulford and Ashwood Forbes, were arch enemies in the recent November 9 election. Forbes ran for the North-Middle Caicos seat and Fulford campaigned for DonHue Gardiner, who won the seat by only 11 votes.
Fulford, who reportedly has resided in Providenciales for the last 16 years, registered and voted in Sandy Point, North Caicos. His name appears on the North-Middle Caicos registry.
Both lawyers also appeared together last week on television complaining against the judiciary because they have been forced to wait for their payments as public defenders.
In the TV appearance, Forbes had strong words for the justice who approves the invoices for legal work on behalf of indigent defendants. Fulford said, “It is not about the money it is about the principle of the issue.”
The North-Middle Caicos seat is one of three districts that are currently subject to election petitions.