Alexander v. People – Case Brief Summary (Virgin Islands)

In Alexander v. People, 65 V.I. 385 (V.I. 2016), the Court remanded the case and ordered the Superior Court to issue the writ and conduct additional proceedings in compliance with this jurisdiction's habeas corpus statutes.

Accordingly, the Court analyzed two issues which were likely to recur in these proceedings:

whether the Superior Court possesses discretion to appoint counsel for a habeas petitioner;

whether a habeas petitioner is entitled to have his petition heard by a judge who did not participate in his conviction. Id. at 393-95.