For every claim, there may be a counterclaim, for every glowing tribute one offer about an individual someone may have remained silent with a story which is not so complimentary.
Such is the story regarding Dr. Jephtah Ford a medical doctor who for decades operated a practice on Red Hills Road in Kingston 8.
Ford and his twin brother Jeptah are colorful figures who are iconic not just by virtue of their medical practice but by virtue of their involvement in politics.
Jephthah Ford has a long and storied history on Red Hills Road and in the wider Jamaica solely on the basis of his medical practice. Throw in his connections and a life of politics and the guy is freaking rock star.
You do not spend years and years in a neighborhood doing business and not build up a well of goodwill.,
At the same time, Ford has another side unknown to many, known to some who do not care as long as he stretched his hand and gave them a gift or a pat on the back
Many others know the man Jephthah Ford and their view of him is not so favorable.
Yet Jamaica is a country in which one can have a Robin Hood persona and no one cares. Jamaica is the country which romanticized ThreeFinger Jack.
It is the Country which romanticizes Lester Lloyd Coke, Christopher duddus Coke, Coppa, Rigen, Sandokan, and a long list of another scumbag murderers.
In Jamaica, the nation which has an 84% corruption rating according to Transparency International, those who hand out the goodies are the second coming of Jesus Christ personified.
That is metaphorically speaking, whether Jephthah Ford is a Robin-hood type personality depends on who you speak to.
So it’s not out of the ordinary in a country like Jamaica where politics and the big man persona earns a Doctor Jephthah Ford type plaudits and praise in the community in which he operates and beyond, regardless of his alter ego dual personality.
It’s not extraordinary that politicians and Police, Pastors and Peasants are lining up, calling for a non-custodial sentence for Ford who was recently convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
None of that matters in Jamaica as long as the transgressor is connected and benevolent it does not matter what bad he/she does, it’s all a‑okay.
To those who testify on his behalf he is a hero, to the police officers who patrol the streets who are not blinded by party politics Ford represents the worse of his profession.
To the silent who have been wronged not just by Ford but by the [shit-stym] which nurtures and cultivate the Jephthah Fords, they don’t think that six months is enough.
Ford has had a tumultuous relationship with many cops, good cops who correctly believe that no Doctor should treat a person who commits crimes and turn up to him with gunshot wounds and not notify police.
Many will quickly say he has an obligation to treat everyone, they may also say he treats criminals because his life could potentially be in danger from those criminals.
I say speak to the cops involved in those cases past and present and see if Ford was a Robin Hood. Get their opinions on whether he was doing it because of his hippocratic oath?
This is bigger than Ford however, it demonstrates the rotten core of a decadent society which has surrendered all modicum of decency and integrity and gone astray.
It does not matter what an individual does in the dark as long as he steps into the light with clean hands it’s all good.
This not to suggest that Jephthah Ford is a monster but neither is he Mother Theresa. Jamaicans have a history of coddling the most perverse and despicable human creatures all because they hand out a few trinkets and a few bottles of beers.
If I treat a bunch of people kindly what does any of it have to do with anything if I commit a crime,? Should I simply walk free because of my previous good deeds?
Throw in the people I treated shitty and the question is what right do I have to expect deference from the justice system when I commit myself?
It makes absolutely no sense, what do Ford’s perceived good deeds have to do with the courts’ decision?
The court has a duty to hear them but the court is duty bound to balance whatever character evidence may be proffered on his behalf against the greater good of the community and it’s responsibility to the fidelity of the rule of law.
The court was beyond gracious in tapping Ford on the wrist with two six-month sentences to run concurrently.
In my estimation, the court should have sent a strong message with this sentence, which would encourage other police officers to follow suit in avoiding corruption and those who would corrupt public officials.
The courts have an obligation to do it’s part in the equitable dispensation of justice regardless of one’s affiliations and connections.
Was there any wonder that Christopher Coke was never convicted of a crime in Jamaica?
What happened to the Kern Spencer corruption case? It was the same story when Al Miller was prosecuted for his crimes and found guilty.
Prison cannot be only for the poorest class of people while the big man receives a tap on the wrist.
What happened to FINSAC? Is there any wonder that ordinary people feel they have the right to ignore the nation’s laws?
Unless this country ignores the cries for leniency on the rare occasions when renowned people are caught red-handed there will be hell to pay as the country is engulfed more and more with criminality, because the mentality of the people is becoming increasingly perverse and twisted.
The laws are there for the protection of all Jamaicans, no one is bigger than the laws no one is subservient to the laws.
All we have to do is to do our best to avoid breaking them.
Good intentions are not a free pass for breaking the laws, at best it may mitigate one’s sentence but no one should expect that regardless of their crimes they will be allowed to go home, that is not justice and it should not happen in this case.