The court of appeals has issued its verdict in the Vybz Kartel murder case: The three-judge panel reaffirmed the decision of guilt the trial court handed down to the three accused murderers in 2011.
We applaud the decision of the court not to interfere with the just decision of the trial court, or to be blinded by status, or an ignorant, hedonistic idolatrous pop-culture in its decision making.
By allowing this verdict of guilt to stand, it gives law-abiding Jamaicans hope. Hope that all is not lost. That even though our country faces grave danger from anarchists, we have the ability to pull back from the edge of the abyss, one step at a time, using the rule of law as our pointer.
The appellate court did not hand down a ruling as to whether the [sentence] handed down by the trial judge will stand or be reduced.
The court asserts that the trio’s defense team can make a submission for a reduced sentence if they chose to.
This is a standard protocol for appellate courts to respond this way.
On the other hand, the defense team of the trio of murderers, now have to contend with the dual scenario of whether to (a) seek redress from the Privy Council in England, which is the final court of appeals, with no new evidence or information of investigative, prosecutorial or judicial misconduct or mistakes, or (b) to file a motion to the court for a reduced sentence with no new evidence that would go to the mitigation of those sentences.
Actions have consequences, it as about time that the organs of government are stood up to defend the Jamaican constitution, the rule of law and by extension the Jamaican people.
Those who would act contrary to, and in defiance of our laws and norms, must be made aware in no uncertain terms, that the consequences of their actions are going to be severe and unequivocal, regardless of who they are or who they know.
And to the segment of the population that is determined to create anarchy and to give support & succor to lawlessness, let this be a lesson to you that a new day is dawning, you will be made to respect the laws of our country.
This writer salutes the court for looking at the evidence and making a decision that is in line with the law.
And most of all “letting the decision stand” [stare decisis]
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, businessman, researcher, and blogger.
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