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Stories by Barbara Gayle

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Wrongfully extradited alleged former Shower Posse leader Richard 'Storyteller' Morrison has rejected a compensation offer from the Government because he believes the money put on the table is too meagre.While not disclosing the amount offered,...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 8:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Haulage contractor Osbourne Smith of Portmore, St Catherine, is demanding millions of dollars in compensation from the Jamaican government after waiting over the last six years for the return of a Leyland truck which was wrongfully seized by the...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 7:00 AMBarbara Gayle

One of the major shortcomings in Jamaica's justice system was highlighted last week, when Keith Nichol was freed by the Court of Appeal after spending two years in prison while waiting for the notes of evidence from his trial to be completed.In...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 6:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Peeved over the failure of the Government to pay them outstanding salaries and emoluments, the island's judges have written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, demanding immediate action.The Sunday Gleaner has learnt that in the letter to Holness, the...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:45 AMBarbara Gayle

With a series of deadly shootings in and around Spanish Town, St Catherine, in 2013 being linked to a rift in the notorious Clansman Gang, law-enforcement officials set their sights on the reputed leader of the gang, Tesha Miller, who it was...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMBarbara Gayle

He has been dubbed Jamaica's most infamous gang leader since Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was extradited to the United States, but Tesha Miller is adamant that he is being falsely labelled.In an exclusive interview with The...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 5:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A $400 million award by the courts is proving little comfort for 46-year-old Janet Edwards, who is adamant that the money will not compensate for her health and happiness.According to Edwards, she had dreams and goals and most of all she wanted to...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 5:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The Jamaican Bar Association (JBA) has been granted an expedited hearing of its appeal of the Constitutional Court's decision to throw out its challenge to the 2013 amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).The appeal is scheduled to start on...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 11:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The heavy workload for the nation's judges has been described by Mr Justice Lennox Campbell, CD, QC, as being onerous and burdensome, and he is calling for judges to be given time out of court to write judgments."The judgments that are being...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 10:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Eight years after 43-year-old Christopher Watson suffered serious injuries when a small airplane in which he was a passenger crashed in the Blue Mountains, he is still suffering from severe back pains, headaches and daily nightmares of the accident....

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 10:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The long delay in notes of evidence being sent from the Supreme Court to the Court of Appeal is having an adverse effect on the justice system, and is even forcing some appellants in custody to abandon their appeals against convictions and sentences...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 10:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A seeming attempt by members of the police force to fabricate evidence to secure the conviction of a Corporate Area man on a firearm charge has been thwarted by an alert judge.There has also been a call for Police Commissioner Carl Williams to...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2016 | 10:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A slice of cheese valued at a little more than $100 has cost a policewoman her job and given the Court of Appeal the chance to rule on whether the act of shoplifting is done only when a person leaves an establishment without paying for the goods."...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says he is not seeking to interfere with the independence of the judiciary, but is insisting that he will not back down from calls for judges to hand down judgments expeditiously, as litigants should not take years to...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Quiet for months as Delroy Chuck intensified his pressure for more quality work, judges in Jamaica's high courts will hold talks today in a special meeting called over the latest chastisement from the justice minister.Last week, Chuck reiterated...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The disparity in sentences handed out to persons who plead guilty in criminal cases could soon be a thing of the past.Sentencing guidelines for judges have been drafted, and once approved, persons who enter guilty pleas will have some certainty...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Corporate Area head bailiff Augustus Sherriah is seeking the intervention of Chief Justice Zaila McCalla, as he challenges a notice to move from the compound of the civil division of the Corporate Area Parish Court.Sherriah uses the downtown...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 9:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The recent announcement from Justice Minister Delroy Chuck that he has given instructions to the chief parliamentary counsel for changes to the plea bargaining legislation to be treated as priority should be good news to members of the private Bar....

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 8:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Attorney-at-law Anthony Williams is hoping to send a message to professionals, particularly medical personnel, as he embarks on a legal battle to seek compensation for the son of a policewoman who died from an alleged botched operation."We want to...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 8:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is warning that tough measures will be implemented to break the back of the lottery scam, which is believed to be at the heart of much of the violence that has plagued western Jamaica since last year.Among the measures...

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 7:00 AMBarbara Gayle

A former corporal of police who reportedly risked his life to save two women during an attack by four gunmen in December 1991, is expressing disappointment that instead of being commended, he was dismissed from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF)....

Published:Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 7:00 AMBarbara Gayle

There are growing calls in local legal circles to implement laws to make it a criminal offence for persons to wilfully and knowingly spread the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).Although it is reported that Jamaica has an estimated 32,000 persons...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 7:00 AMBarbara Gayle

The legal battle for Malcolm Dymally to get his father's estate, which includes three houses in the Kingston 10 area, began 37 years ago when he was only six years old and is not likely to end anytime soon."I am not certain when it is going to end...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:00 AMBarbara Gayle

Alert correctional officers last week saved 35-year-old Dwayne Tulloch from spending 25 more years in prison than he was sentenced to.Tulloch was sentenced in May 2011 to life imprisonment for murder and ordered to serve 15 years before he became...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2016 | 6:00 AMBarbara Gayle

When Deborah Gardner graduated from the University of the West Indies and started her career in the government service in 1994, she was looking forward to serving her country with distinction for the rest of her working life.Now the chances of doing...

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