Florida County Jail Surrenders to USVI Detained Persons Fighting Extradition Without Hearing

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Friday, July 1, 2005
Bruce Zagaris
On May 7, 2005, four days before two persons were scheduled to appear in Hernando County Circuit Court in Florida, Virgin Islands Justice Department officials removed them from the jail without a hearing or a warrant from the governor. According to court records Violet G. Armour, 58, and her daughter Deborah L. Castillo, 40, both residing in Hernando County, Florida, were wanted in the USVI on charges of embezzling and forgery. A media report states that, according to their counsel John F. Lauro of Tampa, they were handcuffed and led out of jail against their will and surrendered to USVI Justice Department officials...[more]