There have long been whispers that judges in the western parts of Jamaica are on the take.
Several gangsters have bragged about paying off judges and being able to walk free.
Over the years the police have been extremely vocal about the rather light sentences being meted out to criminal gunmen across the Island, but by judges in Saint James in particular.
In the most recent example of this crisis, the police issued a statement which did not address the seriousness of the issue, but left little doubt they were as pissed as I and countless others are about this.
“The police remains committed in creating safer communities for our citizens to enjoy and will continue to put forward good criminal cases before the courts”, said the police.
The criminal loving justice minister, Delroy Chuck has been a staunch defender of the criminal supporting corrupt frauds on the bench who continue to make a mockery of the work of the police by turning loose criminals who are arrested with illegal weapons.
Why would anyone have an illegal weapon, unless they intend to commit crimes with that weapon?
Even as the country is awash in guns and ammunition and people are afraid to walk the streets of the tiny Island, judges continue to dishonor their oaths by accepting payments and turning dangerous criminals back onto the streets, further frustrating the efforts of the police.
How much longer will the justice minister allow himself and the people’s ministry to be a shill and a mouthpiece for these corrupt judges who are destroying the justice system?
Where is Horace Chang the Minister of National Security
Or, is he too chicken shit a coward to speak out at these sacred cows that continue to make a mockery of our justice system?
The most recent iteration of this abuse of our justice system by these criminals, posing as jurists.
(1) Michael Scott, a 29-year-old security guard, was charged with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to a fine of $200,000 or 18 months for each firearm and 3 years probation for the ammunition, the police said.
(4) Kirk Russell, 43, was also convicted robbery with aggravation. He was sentenced to 18 months at hard labor
The only way to stop this gross abuse of the system by these corrupt, on the take judges is truth in sentencing.
We always knew there was corruption in the system, some of us who have served in law enforcement knew that some of these judges were throwing cases and collecting cash from the equally criminally complicit defense attorneys.
It is important to understand that we tend to look at corruption when we look at dirty cops, as police officers tend to be the face of government.
However the real corruption which is making an equal mockery of the system and driving crime is the corruption behind those long robes.
Having seen first hand how cancerous these immoral acts by the judiciary can be, I have called for truth in sentencing laws.
It is time for the morons in the legislature to stop banging on the damn desks and pass mandatory minimum sentences for certain category of crimes.
Since we can no longer trust the judges the legislature must move to take out of their hands the ability to return armed violent offenders to the streets as they see fit.
This is no joke, these left wing judges are wrecking havoc on our country, by imposing their idealistic left-wing politics rather than follow the laws.
There are states of emergency in the western parishes of Hanover Westmoreland and St James.
On Thursday morning the Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared two more states of emergencies across the parishes of Saint Catherine and Clarendon.
Where are the additional security force bodies supposed to come from?
As this writer, and this publication has maintained, states of emergencies and zones of special operations are not real solutions to the Island’s crime problem.
The soft nature of the Island’s crime strategy is itself an accelerant to crime.
The police and soldiers who place their lives on the line to remove these dangerous weapons and criminals from the streets, damn sure deserve better than these judges kicking over the milk of their efforts.
The Government literally have the hands of the security forces tied behind their backs.
The judges return the killers back onto the streets as soon as they are arrested.
The spread of crime across the country may be traced back to the direct actions of the leadership of the country at the time, when they warned gangsters in Tivoli Gardens, that the security forces were coming.
The proliferation of guns and ammunition in the country has made the lives of ordinary Jamaicans a living hell.
It is unconscionable that a few un-elected bureaucrats can circumvent the will of the Jamaican people, who are overwhelmingly demanding that these criminals either face the hangman or stay in prison.
These gunmen who are being fined, never mind the paltry sums they are being fined) are murderers, that is the reason their lawyers are paying judges to release them back onto the streets.
Where is Chief Justice Byron Sykes, a man of character in this?
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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