After being arrested, charged they, the thugs hire a good lawyer to get bail then they fire that lawyer, naturally the case file is passed over to them the client which contains all the names addresses and phone numbers of the witnesses and associated persons.
While the case is put off over and over and the statements and other documentation is available for use, then they find that witness(es) with the greatest of ease to kill or intimidate them.
You can have 10 murder charges and still get bail!!!
Wow, to think the formal system is actually aiding criminality. HELP!
All of this came out in a breakfast meeting this morning in Kingston where Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP Owen Ellington outlined the tricks used by the criminal network.
In a response however by a 2 defense lawyers in a radio interview witness addresses are not placed on the files of cases, however names are imperative, the name of the witness must be known.
Materials are not usually handed out to clients who retain them and most accused are unable to read or understand the file structure. One lawyer described the statement by ACP Ellington as ridiculous witnesses are not paraded before the trial date and most times not known until the actual trial date. Materials are pursued at the beginning of the case and usually the files when put together don’t have witness addresses enclosed.
Clients do not have a right to materials/files and if the present attorney services are terminated the file is usually transferred prefaced with a letter to the new attorney retained for the case and he or she receive the files directly.
The lawyers ask that the police not to collect addresses when collecting statements from witnesses. The lawyers accuse the police shifting the blame.
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