(CMR) Florida State Attorney's Office has decided not to pursue criminal charges against Cayman Islands Speaker of the House McKeeva Bush.
Bush was arrested for a misdemeanor battery charge brought against him following an incident on July 17 involving a waitress at a Florida casino.
State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ron Ishoy in Broward County released the following statement this afternoon:
“The Broward State Attorney’s office in Fort Lauderdale filed paperwork Friday afternoon – an announcement of no information – noting that it will not file a charge of misdemeanor battery against William Bush. An explanation of that decision will be available in the coming days.”
When contacted Mr. Bush’s Florida-based lawyer Keith Seltzer stated that he had been informed Friday by the state attorney’s misdemeanor crimes division that a “no information” document would be filed with the court in regard to Mr. Bush’s case.
“This record will reflect that the state has declined to prosecute Mr. Bush on a charge of battery,” Mr. Seltzer said.
In the state of Florida, prosecutors typically have up to 21 days following a person’s arrest to determine whether to proceed with a case against the suspect.
Mr. Bush returned to Cayman on Friday, July 21, after posting a US$1,000 bond following the arrest. Mr. Seltzer said that the bond would now be returned.