ENTERTAINER Vybz Kartel, in a plea for his freedom, told the 11-member panel of jurors in the High Court yesterday that his skin bleaching and tattoos were tools of his trade and asked not to be judged by his appearance. In one of five unsworn statements from the dock by the accused men, Vybz Kartel, asked Justice Lennox Campbell and the jurors to separate Vybz Kartel from Adidja Palmer.“My Lord, I bleach my skin and I am heavily tattooed also . My Lord, that is merely superficial, that is the persona of Vybz Kartel, not Adidja Palmer. My Lord, I think you will agree…,” he said. “Who me?” asked Justice Campbell. “Yes, My Lord, that sometimes a person can be judged by the way they look. My Lord, I am not an alien who came from space and landed on Earth.
Drum Roll please …………And the Oscar goes to Vybz Kartel. What a load of crock. Many have argued that Adidja Palmer is a smart ,talented man. I will withhold personal judgement on smart. On talented however, brilliant. This is Kartel at his vintage best. The liberal Judge Lennox Campbell is being mesmerized by a true Artiste. This Court-room is Kartel’s stage. The trial Judge, Jury and others in that room a mere audience to his mastery. He was awaiting this moment. The moment to woo his audience, to mesmerize his subjects , this is what Kartel does on stage. The allusion to his tattoos , his skin bleaching, making himself a victim. The whole talk about being placed on the floor by the police, clearly a brilliant attempt to evoke any negative emotions jury members may have of the Police. Mentioning the actions of a less than popular Minister of National Security Minister. All aimed at evoking an emotional response from the Jury.
A brilliant strategy he and his Attorneys may think. Yet a strategy which shows he has no defense to the charges. This is smoke and mirrors, theatrics, innuendos and unsubstantiated allegations of impropriety. In a Court-Room where Justice is sacrosanct this display of theatrics would be seen for what it is. Yes Adidja Palmer, Vybes Kartel would be allowed to say his piece but at the end of his theatrics there would be one verdict “Guilty“.Unfortunately the few Jamaicans left who want to see justice done, must still be nervous and apprehensive. Despite the rarity of overwhelming evidence as this, against accused in Jamaica, the system is so broken, no one would be surprised if they walked. At best, even if convicted ,they will probably end up with a slap on the wrist from this particular Liberal Activist, acting as presiding Judge.