Cayman Islands Speaker of the House, the Honourable McKeeva Bush, has withdrawn an application at federal court in Miami to compel evidence from United Kingdom government employee Larry Covington for a ‘malicious prosecution' lawsuit that Bush is pursuing in Cayman against that jurisdiction's former Governor, Duncan Taylor; former Police Commissioner, David Baines; and current Attorney General.
Bush filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of his application for judicial assistance on April 12th – just 16 days after Covington notified the court of his intention to oppose it. The court formally dismissed the application on April 16th.
In applying to dismiss the application, Bush's attorney stated: “While Applicant disagrees with the various contentions raised by Lawrence Covington in the Motion to Intervene and Oppose Pending Application for Judicial Assistance, Applicant has decided to concentrate his resources in furtherance of endeavors other than seeking to subpoena Covington in the United States of America for purposes of deposing him and requesting documents from him.”
In the underlying Cayman action, Bush claims that Baines Taylor and others conspired to have him arrested and criminally charged with using his government credit card for personal expenditures, most notably for casino gambling. Bush admitted that he had used the card for personal expenses but argued that he had not broken any laws and had repaid the advances. A jury unanimously acquitted him of the charges in 2014.