THE COUNTRY’S JUSTICE MINISTER IS AN ACTIVE LOBBYIST FOR THE MOST VIOLENT MURDERERS
In the system of justice, it is taught to all practitioners, [justice must not only be done but it must also appear to be done]. Cops, lawyers, judges and everyone else in the food chain of justice must be aware of that principle.
When criminals are let off too lightly, the system becomes a joke as offenders, and would-be offenders see no deterrent in the laws against their worst instincts.
Victims and their survivors are also apt to shy away from the system when they are convinced that it does not engage in the fair and equitable dispensation of justice.
When this happens, criminals are emboldened to commit more crimes, and surviving victims of crime and their families are predisposed to taking the laws into their own hands.
The result is chaos, and a breakdown of the system as we are witnessing in Jamaica today.
Each and every aspect of the system of justice must work for equitable and just dispensation of justice. Yet in Jamaica, the existential crime epidemic is viewed as a failure of the police, which to my mind is intellectually dishonest and mentally lazy.
One of the most glaring aspects of the breakdown of the system is the inconsistency and the less than adequate sentences meted out to violent felons.
This breakdown is to be placed at the feet of one and only one segment of the justice dispensation process, judges.
For years police officers and former police officers have complained profusely about the conduct of certain judges and the cavalier attitude with which they treat violent offenders.
This writer, as a former police officer too, has had occasion to gasp at the incredulity of some of the decisions, as they make absolutely no sense at all.
The bedrock of the common law system is the doctrine of [stare decisis] (“let the decision stand”). The doctrine has two limbs. First, the courts are obliged to follow the decisions and rulings in previously decided cases, or precedents, where the facts and issues are substantially the same. The second limb of the doctrine – and this is really an extension of the first, – dictates that a lower court cannot depart from the precedents set by a higher court where the issue is essentially the same.
(a)The instances of blatant abuse,(b) the departure from the principle of [stare decisis], © their disregard for process and precedent, (d) their refusal to just (“let the decision stand”), on the part of Jamaican judges, have been shocking, to say the least. Not only has that departure emboldened criminals and criminality over the years, but it has also literally caused police officers to become disinterested in the process, as the courts have taken it unto itself to become a social welfare agency.
As a result of this abuse of the system by certain judges, this writer has over the years called for mandatory minimum sentences to be codified into law, thereby removing from the purview of these judges, the temptation to abridge the laws with their own opinions and biases.
Today there is no trust in the system. Police officers do not trust the system to dispense justice so they are not motivated to go after criminals fearing they will be out as soon as they are arrested posing existential threats to them and their families.
We have heard and seen video evidence of criminals threatening to kidnap from schools, the children of police officers and kill them.
None of this has changed the attitudes of judges. None of this has changed the attitudes of the Government.
In fact, the Government’s point person on Justice, Delroy Chuck, understands his portfolio to be the defender in chief of violent murderers and other felons.
We have cataloged empirical data showing that Delroy Chuck is a lobbyist for criminals, while being paid with tax dollars.
The country must have consistency, and that was evident in two recent incidents recently.
More to the point, all well-meaning Jamaicans want equitable dispensation of justice, that includes the oft-maligned police who recently criticized decisions in which rogue cops received slaps on the wrist for corruption.
Additionally, a man who murdered a senior citizen and her son received a seven (7) year sentence for the double murders. The judge argued that the felon spent five years in jail awaiting trial and eventually plead guilty.
What the liars did not tell the nation, is that the murdering scumbag only plead guilty because, under Delroy Chuck’s leadership, felons, including double murderers, like this one, can have their sentence halved simply by pleading guilty.
But the outrage over the light sentences by civil society, immediately drew push-back from Delroy Chuck who chided those who argued for stiffer penalties for violent criminals.
In summing up the retarded defense of his position Chuck argued “imposing a sentence that is most severe and at the harshest level, at times, is wrong, because persons who plead guilty have the opportunity to reform and go straight.”
In other words, “fuck the victims and their pain, as long as you admit what you did in order to catch a break and receive a slap on the wrist we are good”.
This is justice for sale Delroy Chuck style.
As we talk about a broken system which leans heavily in support of murderers, we should never forget that a carload of hoodlums which started a crime spree in Portmore Saint Catherine ended up shooting at officers who intercepted them and returned fire.
The officers were convicted of manslaughter in the criminal paradise called Jamaica.
One commentator had this to say. Quote” A car loaded with hoodlums and their cheerleaders committed aggravated robbery in Portmore then sped to Kingston. Got stopped by the police who had gotten wind of their adventures, decided not to stop, ended u[p being corned came out blazing, cops responded, one cheerleader dead, one criminal injured. Years after all three cops are imprisoned”.” What a sweet place to live…If you are a no-good that is.“
Constables Durvin Hayles, Anna Kay Bailey and AndreWain Smith, who were on trial for murder in the Home Circuit Court were convicted of (manslaughter) are in custody pending their appeal.
These officers placed their lives on the line for the country, seven retarded dunces found them guilty after an overzealous INDECOM charged the officers with murder.
Even though there was no way that INDECOM could prove [malice], a key component of murder, the officers were charged with the capital offense.
They were doing exactly what they were sworn to do, and the evidence bore it out, yet the criminal supporting court and the trial judge did not move to throw out the case.
This is Jamaica.
See story here: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/three-cops-found-guilty-of-manslaughter_156781?profile=1373
Mike Beckles is a former Jamaican police Detective corporal, a business owner, avid researcher, and blogger.
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