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AUDIO: Call made for RM Pusey to remove herself from another politician’s case

Published:Thursday | May 15, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Gleaner columnist Reverend Dr Devon Dick says Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey should remove herself from a case now before her involving a former People’s National Party candidate given her role in the Kern Spencer case.

Pusey presided over the six-year corruption trial involving Spencer who was a former PNP member of parliament.

She eventually freed Spencer and a co-accused after upholding a no-case submission in March.

The magistrate has faced much public criticism for not disclosing her reasons for her decision.

She is now presiding over a case involving Dr Jephthah Ford, who is a former PNP candidate.

However, she could decide to turn over the case to another magistrate when the trial starts.

Dick says it's best for the magistrate to remove herself because of questions raised about her handling of the Kern Spencer case and to ensure there is no hint of partiality.

He also explains that the case involving Ford involves two men who the magistrate had let go after upholding a no case submission.

Ford is charged with perverting the course of justice after allegedly attempting to bribe a policeman to drop a case against two nationals of Surinam from whom US$500,000 was seized.

He allegedly offered the cop 40 per cent of the money seized if he prevented the matter from going to court.


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