Coincidence or Conspiracy ?
This question evokes scowls of incredulity from certain quarters , yet it is important to look at the two criminal cases which have kept Jamaicans riveted to court-watching over the last few years. The cases involved 1) the criminal murder trial of Adijia Palmer dance-hall icon and entrepreneur and 2) the Money laundering and fraud charges Kern Spencer ( PNP ) Member of Parliament and Junior Energy Minister faced. Conscientious observers who want a crime free Jamaica saw these two cases as a watershed moment in the country’s fight to break the back of corruption. Emotions ran high on both sides of either case. Many dug in based on political loyalties in the Spencer case and many are unable to digest the seriousness of murder in the Kartel case. A double guilty some thought, would send a strong message to two important sectors of the country ,that no one was above the laws. The man on the streets , ever suspicions of the criminal justice system, would never accept that Kartel may have been correctly convicted of murder. After all Kartel’s own defense was based solely on the notion that he was framed by the evil system. A move designed to take full advantage of the distrust certain sectors of the society have of the Police. The decision by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey to summarily dismiss the case against Kern Spencer will cement the notion that there are two different brands of Justice in Jamaica for a long time to come. Pusey did serious damage to the system of Justice from the start. Whether it was ego, corruption or principle involved, it may forever depend on who you talk to .
Notwithstanding, the perception of many ,is that the outcome of the Kern Spencer criminal case was decided before it was even mentioned in the courts. To the man on the streets Kartel is representative of them , their struggles, their wish to shine despite adversities. Kartel is them , his successes are theirs they believe. They live vicariously through him. Kern represents the political class, insulated from the laws,rulers who do not need to account. In this case I believe the actions of the trial judge made that absolutely clear. Both the societal elites and the man on the streets may wish to reflect on these two cases. The upper-crust-mentality which ignores the fact that a serious breach may have been committed, yet was allowed to go unpunished, are no different than the man on the streets who closes his mind to the fact that Clive lizard Williams is dead and their hero may very well have had something to do with it.