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  05/14/2019 Senate confirms Denise George as attorney general  




May 14, 2019


By Corliss Smithen

Public Media Officer

(340) 774-5666 ext. 105



Senate confirms Denise George as attorney general


ST. THOMAS, V.I. The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Denise N. George as attorney general of the Virgin Islands on Tuesday, voting unanimously to place her in charge of the Department of Justice.  AG George was nominated by Gov. Albert Bryan to head the department.

Tuesday afternoon, AG Designee George appeared before the full Senate body for her official confirmation to the top law enforcement post.  Fourteen of the 15 senators of the 33rd Legislature voted favorably; Sen. Kurt Vialet was absent from the proceedings. 

            In her brief remarks following the roll call, AG Designee George said, I will commit that I will work to the very best of my ability to serve the people of the Virgin Islands with fairness, integrity and honor.

Last Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Rules and Judiciary on Wednesday unanimously advanced the nomination of Denise George to be Virgin Islands Attorney General.

AG Designee George is a native Virgin Islander who attended the All Saints Cathedral School and graduated from the Charlotte Amalie High School. 

AG Designee George received her Juris Doctor degree from Howard University Law School in 1984.  After graduating from law school, she began her legal career as a Territorial law clerk for Judge Verne A. Hodge and Judge Ive Arlington Swan.  For several years, she practiced general civil litigation and family law in her private law firm, "Law Offices of Denise George-Counts." 

AG Designee George served as an Assistant Attorney General and trial attorney in the criminal, civil, family, juvenile, White Collar and public corruption divisions of the Virgin Islands Department of Justice for a period of over 18 years.  During her tenure, she successfully prosecuted a full spectrum of violent crimes, including murder, manslaughter, rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.  As a member of the Child Abuse Task Force, she co-authored the Virgin Islands' first criminal child abuse and neglect statute.  In the Civil Division, she represented the V.I. government in civil lawsuits filed against and on behalf of the government.

AG Designee George also served for several years as the Director of the White Collar Crime and Public Corruption Division.  During that time, she managed the division and successfully prosecuted complex white collar crimes of embezzlement, forgery, fraud, racketeering and public corruption involving public officials of local agencies, including the GERS, Schneider Hospital, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Office of the Governor, and Department of Human Services.  In 2016, AG Designee George accepted a position as Senior Staff Attorney at the Virgin Islands Port Authority, a position she held until her nomination as attorney general.

A swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled shortly.






  Senate confirms Denise George as attorney general.pdf