Judge revokes bail for white collar crimes/Jamaican judges release murderers on bail daily.
With our inordinately high Jamaican crime rate, it seems to me it would be a good idea to use whatever legislative, judicial and other tools we have available to help the front line workers and by extension provide a much-needed respite from the bloodletting.
I say this to say that the legislative part of our Government has a duty to propose, debate, and pass meaningful legislation which is commensurate with the complex capabilities of today’s criminals.
At the same time, I understand the pull of populism in politics and the need to disagree with and oppose everything the other party does. By doing so legislators have condemned our citizens to continue to be subjected to an inordinate crime rate by dumbing them down to accepting a blinkered zero-sum black or white perspective to problem-solving.
Simply put Legislators can come together with a commonality of purpose and pass tough laws that actually serve as a deterrent to crime. The Government (opposition included) can come together to ensure that law enforcement is given the tools to do the job right while holding them responsible and accountable.
These are not black and white issues the solutions to complex issues are generally found in the grey. Additionally, Judges can begin to honor their oaths of office by demonstrating fidelity and good stewardship to the public’s trust.
The continuation of the shocking and disgraceful practice by judges who convert the criminal justice system into a revolving door cannot be overemphasized.
How are we to have faith in the system when a motorist who deliberately mow down and kill a police officer who lawfully signaled him to stop is given a (16) sixteen-month prison sentence? What could be the justification for such abusive use of judicial power and how is it even possible that this is allowed to stand?
The answer to some of these questions lies in the misguided perception which exists within the framework of judicial independence.
The Independence the judiciary is given comes from the people. Those are codified into laws defined and passed by the people. It follows therefore that the people have a right and a responsibility to alter, or change those laws when they are no longer serving the purpose for which they were intended.,
If the judiciary is allowed to operate outside of oversight and control of the people, then given enough time, it is itself in danger of becoming a behemoth which is antithetical to the interest of the people.
We may already be at that point.
It is important to remember that Paul Manafort is only accused of committing white collar non-violent crimes. If a judge right here in the western hemisphere is sufficiently aware that she understands the need to protect the people from a non-violent alleged white-collar criminal, why is it that Jamaican Judges are acting outside statutory laws and common-sense by releasing violent murderers back onto the streets as soon as the police manage to arrest them? As a consequence they go back to murdering witnesses and those to whom they are opposed, How then do we expect to lower our murder numbers and make Jamaica a place in which investors and business people want to live, raise their families and do business?
When the judiciary is allowed to release dangerous killers back onto the streets after they are arrested after killing and being arrested on six separate murders we are at that point.
When the judiciary is allowed to continue to make the strawman argument that bail is not supposed to be punishment we are already at that point because the law speaks specifically to when bail may be denied pre-trial.
After being granted bail with strict conditions for alleged non-violent white collar crimes Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was remanded to Federal custody by US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson last Friday.
The Feds allege that Manafort made attempts to tamper with witnesses who are slated to testify in the Government’s case against him.
Understanding her role in the dispensation of Justice Judge Berman-Jackson exemplified judicial responsibility.
“The harm, in this case, is harm to the administration of justice and harm to the integrity of the court’s system,” Berman Jackson told Manafort in court.
“This is not middle school. I can’t take his cellphone,” she said of Manafort. “I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.”
Manafort’s trial is set to begin in September, meaning Manafort may spend the remainder of time locked away pending his trial and if convicted he may be looking at a very long prison sentence. At age 69 it is not a stretch to imagine that Paul Manafort may never be a free man ever again.
His friends were “shellshocked” in the wake of the judge’s decision to revoke his bail in light of the new indictments.
Whether Judge Berman Jackson meant that she had no appetite to restrain Manafort’s freedom beyond those already imposed or that she has no appetite, for his behavior she nevertheless fully understood the burden of her responsibility to ensure that the people’s case against the accused is respected.
And so she had precious little choice in sending him to jail, even though her hands were not tied by a mandatory clause in the Bail Act forcing her to do so.
That is how judges are supposed to act, not acting in their own interest based on their narrow world-view.