THE MADNESS CONTINUES.


The silly season is here once more ,according to the Jamaican papers Prime Minister Andrew Holness will reportedly announce the date of the Elections on Sunday December 4th. According to the country’s constitution election must be called by the Government , and must be held within three months of the dissolution of Parliament which itself has a life-span of five years. We fervently hope that Jamaicans who are prone to violence when the adrenaline rush begins, will be able to control themselves from killing and maiming each other, it would be too much for me to even bother to expect maturity from the bump heads that are up for election/re-election, from those at the top down to the young aspirants the rhetoric is the same inflamed bellicose nonsense that we have all grown accustomed to, squash it please .

There is a lot in the news these days, the Leader of the political opposition refuses to walk with the new Prime Minister in a show of solidarity toward the dismantling of garrisons, she claimed that a symbol  walk will not enhance the process of dismantling garrisons, this may be true that a mere walk will not break down decades of mental brainwashing, but Portia,  can it really hurt ?

                                                                                          DEBATES

Then there is the issue of debates , the Prime Minister said he wanted to debate the opposition leader, there has been much back and forth about this with Portia seeming to favor a team debate , at one point it seem there probably would be no debates since they are not  bound by law so to do, but from all indications Portia seem to have come out of hiding and has agreed to a series of three debates with Holness, this after the criticisms seemed to be getting louder that Portia really was afraid to debate the younger well-educated Holness. We find this odd and less than kosher since Portia has been in  representational politics before Holness was born, but we may be wrong.

                                                                     ACKEE THIEF GETS PRISON TIME

Also in the news is a matter that all Jamaicans should be happy about , but predictably many are crying foul. A man who breached the security of the grounds of King’s House the residence of the Governor General and stole ackees from a tree was sentenced to  three months in jail by a judge. There are howls of condemnation from several quarters of the country , not least of which is the criminal supporting group Jamaicans for Justice and their charlatan leader Carolyn Gomes. They argue that the GG should intervene and grant clemency to the convicted thief. The GG for his part has come out articulating just under what conditions he could intervene, which I will not go into here because I do not think anyone should intervene in the court’s decision. For those who argue for leniency by the GG, especially the criminal supporting JFJ liars, here’s a little bit of information for you, you argue that you want an independent Judiciary yet when the Judiciary act independently you want well placed people to intervene to free criminals( oonuh teefin fren) you cant’ have it both ways. What you really want is a system that works the way you want it to work, when you want it to work, for whom you want it to work. Well that won’t work , we moved away from the British Monarchy a long time ago, we do not want any interference in the affairs of the courts by anyone, no more governing by decree, we now have a government by consent.

Jamaica is a country swimming in a cesspool of crime, not quite sure how to claw its way out of that morass, yet on the rare occasion that a criminal is punished the criminal sympathizers are out in full force condemning the courts for doing exactly what it should and within the framework that it has. One person commented in another forum that there was no theft because the ackee was recovered at the scene , I asked him whether someone who cuts his throat killing him, and is apprehended at the scene is guilty of murder? We Jamaicans are a special bunch, we refuse to allow facts or truth to get in the way of our opinions. As such many decisions are made in a knee-jerk manner without due diligence in thinking them through. As if the calls for the ackee thief was not galling enough, the court has capitulated and granted him bail, banana republic anyone? You see I have no special beef with the ackee thief , what I have a problem with are those who agitate for criminals, and the ensuing breakdown in the justice system that is beyond the scope of comprehension of those who agitate.

From left: Resident Magistrates Viviene Hall-Harris, Sandria Wong-Small, and senior resident magistrate for St James, Winsome Henry, in conversation with Justice Lennox Campbell. - File

Lennox Campbell in the clown suit

Just recently a Supreme Court Judge Lennox Campbell released a group of Cop killing maggots back onto the streets to kill more police officers, simply because he was incapable of empaneling a jury, there is no precedent for Campbell’s actions and if allowed to stand it sets a dangerous message to the already too powerful criminal lawyers, frustrate the process and the case gets thrown out of court.

For those who cry blue murder when the murdering scum bags are sent to meet their makers , what do you think will happen when cops see these punks again, do you think they will end up in a court of law, let me tell you, they will meet another kind of Judge, and that judge will have no sympathy, careful what you ask for.

 Appeals court upholds bail for Patrick Powell.

As we have predicted on this site the alleged killer of young Khajeel Mais, Patrick Powell  would be released on bail . Powell who was granted bail in the home circuit court by judge Carol Beswick, but who remained in custody because of a motion filed in the Appelate court by the prosecution, which objected to bail based on the fact that Powell had indeed fled the country after killing 17 years old Mais as he rode in a cab to a fete being held at a prominent St Andrew High School.

Jamaican law clearly states that a suspect may be remanded in custody if he/she is a flight risk, meaning that person may not turn up for trial, or if the person may be a threat to potential witnesses. Powell demonstrably is a clear and unequivocal flight risk , from what we hear he is an American citizen and he ran after the shooting , he was lured back to the Island after one of his offsprings was arrested on a serious felony charge which was pending. The Appeals Court now rules that Beswick did not act improperly.

                                                                    THE BAIL ACT BE DAMMNED

Once again Jamaica’s mini gods have struck a blow for the connected and well-heeled, but against the common man when aggrieved, as we have sought to do we bring this to your attention for your evaluation and assimilating , you decide if these acts are in the best interest of Jamaica. Powell pictured here in handcuffs, not only ran from the country after shooting the young man but he brazenly refused to cooperate with the investigations, and refused to hand over the weapon which at the time of his arrest was reportedly a licensed firearm. In any other Country that would have landed him in prison straight away without any consideration of  arguments from defense counsel, not so in Jamaica they let him out on the streets.We are well aware that law enforcement officers are given no respect in Jamaica so not cooperating with the investigations is nothing, people who physically assault or wound officers in the execution of their duties face no penalties, they are generally sent home without even a conviction.

Since Jamaican Authorities refuse to uphold our laws it becomes expedient therefore that we lobby the Us State Department which  surely believe in the rule of law, and ask that they take a more detailed and serious look at people coming out of Jamaica in the United States.Wit a view to ensuring that a more rigorous and comprehensive background check be done to ensure that criminals who attack Jamaican officers and commit other crimes does not enter the United States to do the same , after all there is more than enough cases of these assaults happening to warrant a serious look by US authorities. If change cannot happen from within then we must ensure change happen from without.

                                                              MIKE HENRY RESIGNS

Henrygleaner photo.

Transport and works Minister Mike Henry has resigned in the recent revelations of gross cost overruns and work reportedly completed to the tune of 23 million dollars yet those works are yet to be identified. damion.mitchell@gleanerjm.com

This latest developement does not bode well for the ruling Jamaica Labor Party, Henry follows closely behind Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding who stepped down over lingering rumblings and discontent from some quarters about his handling of the Christopher Coke extradition case. With Elections constitutionally due soon and  Prime Minister Andrew Holness desire to gain his own mandate, these developments could not come at a worse time. Holness had just pulled to a virtual tie with the PNP in the polls , primarily due to what voters saw as his youth and perceived lack of  ties to old school style politics.

Any momentum gained could easily evaporate for Holness if he fails to act quickly and decisively to ensure that this matter is aired out , with no inkling of coverup, but letting the chips fall where they may,. This is not the first time Mike Henry has been in the news as it relates to reckless or extravagant spending of taxpayers money.

                                                      

                            Vybz Kartel gets bail

Jamaica dance hall DJ Adija Palmer aka (vybz Kartel) who is in custody charged with a whopping five murders has been granted  bail by Supreme Court judge, Justice Bertram Morrison in relation to the case involving the murder of St. Catherine businessman, Barrington Burton. Bail was granted in the sum of $3 million.

interestingly bail was granted at an in chamber meeting between the judge and defense lawyers Tom Tavares Finson and Christian Tavares Finson. Palmer will be unable to take up the bail offer right away because of the other capital murder cases against him that are yet unresolved. Of course reports indicate his lawyers are preparing to take their winning arguments to the other  judge/s in those matters with a view to having him released on bail. You can then reasonably conclude that he will be out on the streets to directly or through proxies threaten and terrorize witnesses involved in these pending cases.

Great job Justice Bertram Morrison[sic] you have now entered the Jamaican judges hall of shame.

                                                          

 

JamaJaJamaica’s elections are called by the government of the day and must be held within three months of the dissolution of Parliament which, itself, has a life-span of five years. Administratively, the country is currently divided into 60 constituencies, each having one representative in Parliament. Constituencies increased from 32 in 1944 to 45 for the 1959 elections, then to 53 in 1967 and in 1976 to its present number.maica’s elections are called by the government of the day and must be held within three months of the dissolution of Parliament which, itself, has a life-span of five years. Administratively, the country is currently divided into 60 constituencies, each having one representative in Parliament. Constituencies increased from 32 in 1944 to 45 for the 1959 elections, then to 53 in 1967 and in 1976 to its present number.ica’s elections are called by the government of the day and must be held within three months of the dissolution of Parliament which, itself, has a life-span of five years. Administratively, the country is currently divided into 60 constituencies, each having one representative in Parliament. Constituencies increased from 32 in 1944 to 45 for the 1959 elections, then to 53 in 1967 and in 1976 to its present numJamaica’s elections are called by the government of the day and must be held within three months of the dissolution of Parliament which, itself, has a life-span of five years. Administratively, the country is currently divided into 60 constituencies, each having one representative in Parliament. Constituencies increased from 32 in 1944 to 45 for the 1959 elections, then to 53 in 1967 and in 1976 to its present num