Protect witnesses

Published: Friday | February 25, 2011 Comments 0

THE EDITOR, Sir:

It is my experience, as one who has been professionally engaged in the justice system for close to 60 years, that it has been the invariable duty of our courts and tribunals to protect witnesses against lawyers harassing witnesses in any form, including asking a question of the witness over and over.

It is, therefore, surprising to me that the chairman of the Manatt commission of enquiry would refuse protection and tell questioners to continue.

No one could be satisfied with the conduct of the very learned chairman in this matter, and in general. In this connection, the general conduct of the chairman has propelled attorneys K.D. Knight and Patrick Atkinson to be virtually killing themselves to have reasonable submissions accepted.

I am, etc.,

OWEN S. CROSBIE

Attorney-at-law

oss@cwjamaica.com

Mandeville, Manchester

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