Jamaican Judge Lennox Campbell sentenced Adijia (Vybz Kartel Palmer to Life in prison,without the possibility of parole until he has served 35 years.All of this is predicated on whether Kartel loses his appeal. This website and this blogger in particular, has been particularly angry at Jamaican Judges for their liberal stance particularly in sentencing and the Granting of Bail. I believe that Bail should not be used as punishment. However ,there should be serious evaluation done on a case by case basis regarding the granting of Bail,when the charges are murder and other serious offences. Courts simply cannot be in the business of returning homicidal murderers to the streets to kill time and again before they face trial on the first charge. As such I wrote a series of Articles which I designated the mad Liberal Agenda of Jamaica’s Judges> The Observer of April 4th, 2014 story titled [Why Kartel got life] alluded to the fact that Lennox Campbell was in fact a Liberal Judge.
Michael Lorne, who represents Campbell, asked for a 15-year prison term and said that the judge could consider going lower, noting the judge’s history of imposing modest sentences. The lawyers said that the men were not beyond rehabilitation and that they could contribute to society if released early.
We feel vindicated , that we had not spent all that time trumpeting the problems in the system because we are mean or unfair. This statement came from a well-known Criminal Defense Lawyer. I commend Lennox Campbell on his reasoned assessment of the evidence presented in his court. We are thrilled that he now sees fit to seriously look at murder accused the way they ought to be looked at. Despite what appears to be rebirth of Lennox Campbell, this publication and this humble Blogger will continue to look at the actions of the courts and bring them to the attention of the world.
In handing down the sentences, Justice Campbell outlined that he took into consideration the fact that the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams on August 16, 2011 was planned and premeditated; that Williams’ body had been concealed; the mental stress Williams had been put through before his murder; and the attempt to destroy evidence. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Why-Kartel-got-life_16409626
That is all we ever ask from Judges , that they look at the evidence and not be swayed by opinions, and emotions. We hope that other Judges will follow suit, even as we hope that Lennox Campbell will continue to employ common sense and fidelity to the laws.
In other matters .
In asking for lenience for the men, Rogers quoted Jesus Christ from the Bible: “What you do to the least among them you do to me. Attorney Pierre Rogers, appeared for St John . Well Just when I thought I had heard it all, go figure.