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'Story Teller' sues gov't

Published: Tuesday December 10, 2013 | 11:11 am Comments 0

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

Alleged former Shower Posse leader Richard 'Story Teller' Morrison, who was extradited to the United States in 1991 under controversial circumstances, has filed a lawsuit against the government.

He is seeking millions of dollars in damages for the 22 years he spent in American prisons.

Morrison, who was deported to Jamaica in January after serving his sentence, is seeking to recover damages for negligence and breach of his constitutional rights.

The Minister of Justice and the Attorney General have been named as defendants in the suit filed by attorney-at-law Patrick Bailey in the Supreme Court.

Morrison was being sought by US authorities to face drug related and murder charges.

An extradition hearing was held and an order was made for him to be extradited.
Morrison took the issue to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal but his applications were thrown out.

Morrison says in April 1991 he filed a notice for an application for leave to appeal to the Privy Council to challenge the Justice Minster's constitutional authority to sign the warrant.

He is arguing that he was extradited to Florida on June 12, 1991 despite filing a notice of appeal, and he contends that this was a breach of his constitutional rights.

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