Schoolboy Richie's lawyers beg judge for more time
Fern White-Hilsenrath, Gleaner Writer
Manhattan, New York: Lawyers representing disgraced former Jamaican law-enforcement officer Errol Cliff Richards, aka 'Schoolboy Richie', have asked the court for more time to mount their defence for the former cop and his co-accused, Ronald Mohammed Neorine Badloe.
Lawyers for the two last week wrote to presiding judge Sidney H. Stein, asking that a pretrial conference scheduled for yesterday be postponed to allow them more time to prepare their defence. A new date for the pretrial conference has been scheduled for November 7. Until then, Richards remains in custody.
Richards and Badloe have been accused by US drug-enforcement authorities of narcotics trafficking and distribution spanning Colombia, Venezuela, the United States, and Canada.
The last time Richards appeared in court was on July 30, when his bail hearing was adjourned pending an investigation into his immigration status. There is still no word on how he came to be in the United States.