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Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators believe that they have "significantly disrupted" the murderous rampage of the Dexter Street gang following the arrest of 17 members of the Westmoreland-based network.According to Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police investigators received information that contradicted claims made by the woman who has accused popular entertainer Capleton of rape, but failed to act on it, the attorney for the internationally renowned recording artiste has charged.That...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Between January last year and the first quarter of this year, Supreme Court judges handed down their decision in 27 per cent of the cases in which they reserved judgment, figures obtained by The Gleaner have revealed.Over the 15-month period, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Incarcerated businessman Huey Gowdie has failed in his bid to have Jamaica's second-highest court throw out his conviction and 10-year prison sentence for shooting well-known businessman Shango Jackson to death in the upscale St Andrew community of...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The nation's top prosecutor has raised concerns that there is no "expressed provision" in the anti-gang legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to obtain a search warrant for accountants and other "silent partners" who are helping...

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has described as "very unfortunate" a legal move by the William Mahfood-led Wisynco Group Limited to block the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) from repeating information it posted on social media aimed at...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Kingston pastor facing criminal charges for allegedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl and impregnating her has reportedly requested a second paternity test.The request by Kenneth Blake, pastor of the Harvest Temple Apostolic Church, located...

Published:Friday | April 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of a career public servant who was "retired" as head of the state-run Court Management Services (CMS) by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after she was given permission to pursue further studies.The...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

It has taken eight years, but the Government is finally moving ahead with plans to expand the Court of Appeal, which has been operating with the same cadre of judges since Independence.Yesterday, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck signed a contract...

Published:Friday | April 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A prison doctor and residents in two St Thomas communities have painted a very disturbing image of Michael McLean, the deportee and businessman who slaughtered six members of one family, including four children ages three to nine years old.The...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of slain businessman Keith Clarke has signalled that they intend to keep fighting until the three soldiers accused of killing him are placed on trial for murder.The family made their intentions clear yesterday after High Court judge,...

Published:Monday | April 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A Clarendon mother who used a piece of board to beat her two-year-old daughter to death because the child defecated on herself will have to wait another five weeks to know her punishment.Delreta Smith and her common-law husband, Dingwall Green, were...

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, seeking to underscore that it won't be business as usual in the nation's court system, has announced that come September, it should take weeks, not years, to complete divorce cases and validate wills.Sykes also announced...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Constitutional Court has ruled that a convicted criminal had his constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time violated. Mervin Cameron was arrested and charged with murder then languished in jail for four and a half years awaiting...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The sister of one of the six family members brutally slaughtered by Michael McLean 12 years ago believes the St Thomas businessman is a candidate for the death penalty.  “If it was up to me, I would ask for the death penalty,”...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Attorneys representing the policemen charged with murder and other criminal offences in the so-called 'death-squad' cases have submitted bills to the Government for legal fees totaling $107 million, insiders have revealed."That's an average of more...

Published:Wednesday | February 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Michael McLean, the man on trial for killing six people, including four children, has painted two of his alleged victims as drug dealers who had discussions about a large cocaine shipment with two men on the day they were killed.McLean acknowledged...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Prosecutors yesterday closed their case in the murder trial of Michael McLean, the man accused of killing four children and two women in St Thomas in 2006.However, the trial was adjourned early as McLean's attorney, Carlton Colman, indicated in the...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Parish Court judges, fearing that their wage impasse with the Government will drag on for another Budget year, used a marathon meeting with their seniors yesterday to air their grouse over salaries and conditions of service, as well as discuss their...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

A woman has testified that on the day six members of two families were found hacked to death in St Thomas, the man accused of the killing went to his home and collected a machete, a knife, a chopper, and a shovel.She was giving evidence in the...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Justice Brian Sykes yesterday made fun of himself minutes after it was revealed that he would succeed Chief Justice Zaila McCalla as head of the country's judiciary."I hope her successor will need to display the same tact and the same civility as...

Published:Saturday | January 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The staffing situation for employees at the Supreme Court is one of several issues that needs to be addressed urgently, noted outgoing Chief Justice Zaila McCalla.She said that the employees had not been reviewed in decades, despite the fact that...

Published:Saturday | January 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

The St Ann woman convicted, along with her husband and three children, for chopping a mentally ill man to death, has revealed that she "feels bad" about the incident but remains adamant that she was not involved.The comments by Velma Dean were...

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) Alexander Williams says that the decision by the Court of Appeal to toss out the latest legal action filed by the agency's former executive director was not surprising."I'm not surprised by the...

Published:Thursday | January 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Gleaner Writer

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has admitted that he has concerns about the disparity in the punishment being handed down by High Court judges even as one of the country's top attorneys rushed to their defence.Chuck's admission comes as the judiciary...

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