Cayman Islands Speaker of the House and West Bay West MLA Hon. McKeeva Bush pleads not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of simple battery, according to Broward County Clerk of Courts records.
“I believe from my brief review of evidence at this point that Mr. Bush was mistakenly arrested by a police officer,” Mr. Bush’s attorney, Keith Seltzer, told Cayman 27. “The facts will bear out that Mr. Bush committed no crime, did nothing wrong whatsoever in a criminally aggressive or sexually aggressive manner.”
Mr. Bush was arrested on Monday (17 July) outside Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery, a first-degree misdemeanor. A spokesperson for the Seminole Police Department told Cayman 27 an officer from the department arrested Mr. Bush at 11:02 p.m. after reviewing CCTV footage and interviewing a female casino employee, who alleges Mr. Bush grabbed her buttocks.
Mr. Bush was released from the Broward County Jail Tuesday (18 July) on US $1,000 cash bond. Court records show Clova Brenda Bush posted the bond.
“He did not do anything that constitutes criminal conduct,” Mr. Seltzer said, saying cultural differences may have led to Mr. Bush’s arrest as well. “It’s a misunderstanding and misinterpretation… from someone that comes from the Cayman Islands with a West Indian background.”
The State Attorney’s Office has 30 days from the date of an arrest to decide whether it will pursue prosecution, according to the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Mr. Seltzer filed a Notice of Intent to Participate in Discovery with the 17th Judicial Circuit Court for Broward County, court records show. That means the state must provide him all the evidence they have, including the police report and CCTV footage.
Mr. Bush has no travel restrictions and is anticipated to return to Grand Cayman shortly, according to Mr. Seltzer.
Mr. Bush has not appeared in front of a judge because he posted bond, Mr. Seltzer said. Court records show, however, he is slated to appear before 17th Circuit Court Judge Jill Levy should the matter proceed to trial. Mr. Seltzer says he was requested a jury trial should the matter reach that stage, which he says he does not believe will happen.