Both Jamaican daily’s carried the story of the Prime Minister suggesting that the monsters that are responsible for the series of gruesome decapitation should face the death penalty.
The prime minister said he is prepared for the debate that will follow his suggestions. Mister Prime minister , don’t you really mean the howls of condemnation that is sure to come. guaranteed the liberal criminal coddling forces within Jamaica’s media, clergy Intelligentsia, legal fraternity, and the criminal rights fraternity will be up in arms…hold it hold it ..you can hold your breadth they will be coming at you..
Lets take a look at the death penalty : The debate surrounding the death penalty will never be settled , the pros and cons are pretty dug in on this subject. I must confess that although I lean toward the death penalty being enforced . I have strong reservations about the prospect of an innocent person being put to death, that scares the living daylights out of me, and places me squarely on the fence on this issue.
Over the years there have been cases in the United States , where serious doubts have been raised about an executed person’s guilt. in States like South Carolina and Texas that does have the death penalty. In most cases activists point to the disproportionate execution of blacks and Latinos over whites that commit the same crimes, those have been arguments made for generations , they make up a part of America’s history and maybe her shame. In Jamaica the script is almost the same except the argument is not one of racism , but class -ism.
Jamaica ‘s colonial past , and the Genesis of the constabulary gives life to this argument that poorer people are treated differently by the Police. Much the same way Americas racist Jim crow past, lends credibility to the arguments assigned to that country.
Prosecutors and law enforcement officials argue that they arrest and prosecute fairly, irrespective of class or race. Those assurances have done nothing to allay the fears of those opposed to capital punishment. My personal feelings are guided by what was taught to me at the Jamaica police academy in 1982.” It is better for the guilty to go free, than for an innocent person to be convicted . I have to however balance that with something else I was taught at the same institution.” There can be no greater responsibility placed on any person, than that which requires you to bring the killer of another human being to justice.
Opponents of the death penalty argue that it is not a deterrent.
As a quasi supporter of the death penalty I ask how do you know?
As a child growing up in the seventies I am acutely aware of the dread that was placed on my heart when I heard the word [Wanda ] Mister Wanda was the Hangman in Spanish Town.As I recall , there was way less crime at that time, and certainly the gruesome nature of what we are witnessing at this time was definitely not there.
The depraved indifference, inherent in the crimes being committed, seem to suggest to me a lay person ,that the perpetrators do not have any fear of being caught. Reports indicate that in some cases groups of 30-40 heavily armed men are involved in carrying out these atrocities. The sheer numbers, if true , not to mention the weaponry involved , suggest they fear no one, and are prepared to take on all comers.
If a Police patrol that includes two officers come upon these militia members decapitating someone ,what chance do they have, except to try to save their own lives? As I have argued before, this is a military problem, that requires a military solution. The problem in Tivoli Gardens was a military problem that required a military solution, that was effected and now the community of Tivoli gardens is open for police services.
What bothers me is how in the name of God ,could anyone in their right mind sit on their asses and talk about rights in the face of these goings on.
Agitators like Carolyn Gomes of Jamaicans for justice ,some pastors, those in the media who sit on their fat asses in radio studios , and a plethora of other bleeding heart liberal criminal supporting frauds, are quick to condemn the police for doing what they are sworn to do, eradicate the scourge from among us. Unfortunately some within the police force have compromised their position , allowing criminals to point to them as the enemy.
According to the prime minister, Parliament voted more than a year ago to retain the death penalty, and the Government will uphold the law.
The Parliament has also passed laws, limiting the period in which a convict on death row must complete all his appeals.
With that amendment, a convict will not be allowed to stretch out the appeals period beyond five years when his execution would no longer be possible based on the Pratt and Morgan ruling.
In the Pratt and Morgan case, the UK-based Privy Council held that it was inhumane to have a convict on death row for more than five years.
As a consequence, convicts on death row for more than five years would have their sentences commuted to life in prison. ( source: Jamaica gleaner)
Question to the Prime minister:Why did you not uphold the laws as you swore to do? Let me hazard a guess ! you refused to honor your commitment to the Constitution because you are beholden to Amnesty International and their surrogates in Jamaica, Jamaicans for Justice.
Amnesty International which is based in London, with offices scattered over the world, certainly does not get to tell the British Government how to secure that country.British cities are stitched together with security cameras on every corner,more than any other country in the world,Arguable a civil rights violation, British citizens are watched 24-7 year round 365. British Authorities do not tolerate criminality in their country, Jamaica is as we speak , trying to cope with the avalanche of deportees being sent back to Jamaica. Conversely, as a cost saving measure the British Government is willing to pay prisoners of Jamaican Nationality to go back home before their period of incarceration is even over .
That amounts to a simple fact we do not want you here. Prime Minister Golding ,you dithered on this important issue, as you have on others. If you are a leader you must chart a course and follow that course.Many will hate you, even as they benefit from your hard decisions, great leaders have been known to make unpopular decisions and have history vindicate them. You have failed to associate yourself with that greatness.Greatness that could have been attributed to leaders like Hugh Lawson Shearer.
As you have dithered on the Christopher Coke issue , you reduced yourself to a mere spectator, you could have seized the moment , make the tough decisions , live and die with your decisions. Unfortunately you allowed yourself to forever to be seen as a protector of a man, accused of serious crimes. Those who despise you will never love you, you have almost a year to be decisive with this monster of terrorism, put earplugs in , tune out the idiots, save Jamaica. Or forever be a flash in the pan ,a sad mistake in Jamaica’s history.
Jamaicans living overseas and at home have long demanded that their Government carry out their sworn obligations to the constitution and hang those whom the courts say should be hanged, What I find strange is that, Jamaica has one of the most liberal justice system anywhere on the globe, yet on the rare occasion they are spurred into ordering someone executed , the Executive branch of Government refuses to carry out their sworn duties.
The last execution in Jamaica was carried out on 18 February 1988. There were more than a 190 prisoners under sentence of death at the end of 1988. Currently there are nine prisoners on death row. The reduction is principally attributable to three events. In 1992 the Jamaican Parliament amended the Offences Against the Person Act to classify some murders as non-capital.The amendment applied retroactively and resulted in the commutation of sentences to life imprisonment of a number people who had been previously mandatorily sentenced to death. In 1993 the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (currently Jamaica’s highest court which sits in England) decided, in the case of Pratt and Morgan v. the Attorney General of Jamaica, that executing a person who has spent a prolonged period on death row violates Section 17 of the Constitution of Jamaica, which prohibits “inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment.(source;amnesty international)
What this means is that the Government of the people’s national party, throughout its entire unprecedented 181/2 years in office, refused to honor their obligations as guardians of the constitution. when looked at in tandem with the fact that they allowed the security forces to fall into serious decay,not one detective trained in ten years , it is clear to see where the problem emanated from. Populism, pandering, and the desire to hold power ,irrespective of consequence to country, has brought us to the brink of anarchy.
In 2008 when Jamaica’s Parliament was getting ready to vote on the issue of the death penalty , Amnesty International had this to say.
As Jamaican Parliamentarians are due to vote shortly on a motion on whether to retain the death penalty, Amnesty International calls on the Jamaican authorities to reject the death penalty and instead prioritize reforms to the police and justice system in order to tackle the country’s violent crime epidemic.
The vote has emerged in the light of discussion around the new Charter of Rights and Freedoms Bill, which seeks to replace Chapter III of the Jamaican Constitution dedicated to the protection of fundamental rights and freedom of persons. The purpose of the vote is to decide whether provisions creating the death sentence exceptions to the right to life and to protection from torture or inhuman or degrading punishment or other treatment, should be retained or deleted from the Charter. This vote also comes at a time of spiralling violent crime in a country with one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world.
Amnesty International understands that high levels of criminality create victim after victim and welcomes the Jamaican government’s commitment to addressing violent crime. However, the organization strongly believes that the use of the death penalty, as well as constituting a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, is not an effective method of preventing crime.
Given the unlikelihood of ever being brought before the courts, it is highly implausible that before committing a crime a criminal would consider the risk of being hung and would refrain from wrong-doing. On the contrary, the retention of the death penalty spreads across the society the message that killing is permitted. The death penalty also runs the risk of irrevocable error. Country after country, including Jamaica, has inflicted the death penalty upon those innocent of the crime for which they were condemned. Numerous studies have also shown that it tends to be applied discriminatorily on grounds of race and class. In a country like Jamaica, where the criminal justice system is deeply flawed and corruption is rife throughout different institutions, how can the public have confidence that the state will not kill innocent people?
Amnesty International believes that the true solution to the appalling crime situation does not lie with the death penalty. The answers can be found instead by prioritizing reforms to the police and justice system that are already under way. These include implementing recommendations from the strategic review of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Justice Sector Reform Review and expediting the passage of legislation to establish an independent commission to investigate police abuses and an Office of Coroner to examine alleged police kills.(source:amnesty international )
Jamaicans and people all over the world . What this liberal left-wing group is saying is don’t bother about the murderers, don’t bother about the merciless killers,the organization strongly believes that the use of the death penalty, constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and is not an effective method of preventing crime.
Well we have tried it their way, since the 1980’s not one person has been made to pay for their crimes of murder. This statement was issued by that agency on the 21st of Nov: 2008 ,their way .Since then thousands of Jamaicans have ben slaughtered , to include Police Officers and members of Jamaica’s military.
We have tried it their way .
Now let’s do it our way.