The saga surrounding Waid’s Haitian Cuisine Bar & Lounge continues and, most recently, is prolonged.
Because of due process rights, the restaurant and after-hours nightclub owned by Haitian immigrant Waid Sainvil currently operates on a temporary license from the Washington State Liquor Control Borad pending the outcome of administrative hearings.
Of the allegations against Waid’s – like serving alcohol to minors who presented fake identification cards, a security guard selling $20 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer, facilitating the sale of $10 and $20 worth of marijuana, one instance of unconfirmed sexual assault, and hearing gunshots in the neighborhood – half went through administrative hearings in February.
No decision has been announced yet, but at last Thursday’s East Precinct Advisory Council, former East Precinct Liaison Attorney Matthew York said that the administrative judge could do so at any time or choose to wait until the rest of the hearings happen.
Those hearing have been delayed. Originally scheduled for April 14 – 16, a request for continuance was made by Sainvil’s attorney. It was denied, and Sainvil’s attorney withdrew from the case. Sainvil was then given seven days to figure out if he would hire someone or move forth without an attorney. When it was time to decide, Sainvil missed the phone call.
“My understanding is that this was a mix-up of some kind. Either way, he didn’t call in on time so he defaulted,” York said.
The default was lifted, and Sainvil’s same attorney came back onboard.
The appeal hearing for the remaining accusations that was supposed to happen in April, then May, but, due to officer availability, will now take place June 3 – 6. York said that the Attorney General’s Office is looking to secure a larger venue for the hearings in anticipation of a big turnout.
It looks like Sainvil’s attorney got his continuance after all.