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In Defence of Truth



R- AG Justin Simon QC and George Rick JamesDear editor, for reasons best known to himself, Attorney General Justin Simon has decided to engage me in a battle of nerves over the amazing revelation made a month ago that one of the judges of the Appeal Court who heard the voter registration case is a voter who stands to be disenfranchised depending on which way the judgment, in which the judge has a hand, goes.



In a specious letter to the editor of the newspaper that published the story under the title: “The Judge In Question” the quixotic minister of Justice and Legal Affairs wants to use scare tactics about “contempt of court” to try and stifle discussion on the matter.



If this is a veiled attack and interference with the people’s right to freedom of speech, then the Attorney General had better get ready to defend his position before the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords. That said, I shall share the salient passage of the letter with the general public.





Dear Madam Editor

 “Kindly be advised that while judgment of any court can be objectively criticized on the basis of law, logic and precedent, one walks a fine line when one raises issues of bias of conflict of duty and interest on the part of a Judge without actual proof.



“Allow me to intervene by pointing out to the Attorney General that it is the presence “of the judge in question” on the panel that has raised the suspicion of conflict and not the author of the article. In addition it is impossible to criticize a judgment that has not to date been handed down.



“Judicial Impartiality is a significant part of justice. Judges should decide legal disputes free of any personal bias or prejudice. As a result of a conflict of interest a judge may be unable to maintain impartiality in a case and thus should be disqualified”. Leslie W.  Abramson.



But back to Mr Justin Simon’s letter which continues as follows: “It is one thing to draw the public’s attention to a fact (and I have confirmed that Justice Gertel Thom had once been registered as a voter). But it is wrong to categorically state that the judge’s disenfranchisement will influence her judgment.”



“Once”, check again for yourself Mr Minister of Justice and you will find that the name of Justice Gertel Thom appears in the latest Register of Electors which was published in January, 2014 at A2014 in the Constituency of St John’s Rural North.



As to the deliberate and pernicious distortion of the fact where you alleged that it was stated that “the Judge’s disenfranchisement will influence her judgment is a fabrication of the Attorney General’s own conscience because I deny and repudiate totally that any such statement was ever made by me.



If the editors of newspaper, the talk show hosts, the politicians, and lawyers are prepared to be cowed into silence by the threat of “contempt of court” then I and the Free and Fair Election League Inc. will boldly speak out in defence of the truth and damn the penalty, “you will never turn vice into virtue” - Quintilian.



George Rick James 
Secretary

   
 

Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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Keegan

#13 tenman » 2014-04-11 15:25

In the case involving Supreme court justice Keegan, she recused herself due to her hearing a case against a program she http://www.nationalreview.com/bench-memos/291832/kagan-must-recuse-herself-obamacare-case-sen-jeff-sessions helped create. This is different from the suggestion (by Rick James) that if she would benefit from the affordable care act (in our case being able to vote) then she should not be hearing the case. This simply opens us up to the ridiculous situation where no citizen would be able to serve as a judge on such cases.

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Fake and phony election leauge

#12 JP Farnsworth » 2014-04-11 14:49

Ah Mr. James is at again pretending to be a real entity. To me the FFEL is a bunch of folks that have created an entity and given life to a lie. With a fancy name and some good media coverage they do nothing more than taint the sanctity of our elections with the preposterous accusations and self created organization. I look for some semblance of authority given to them by anyone other themselves and find none. Therefore we might as well all proclaim ourselves to be kings and queens with the same certainty and authority. Like the disillusioned man that steps into the middle of an intersection and tries to direct traffic only to cause an accident. Please Mr. James step aside before you cause a crash.
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Small Island Justice

#11 Legis Lux » 2014-04-11 14:07

Dear Tenman, you dare to compare the US Supreme Court judges with ours here in the region? The US judges don't dare otherwise the forces will come down on them. Here, it is open season. Money talks and justice walks.
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Straight Talk- is it wild west time?

#10 tenman » 2014-04-11 13:07

Straight Talk, take a look at the judges on the US supreme court, where you have John G. Roberts, Jr.who once served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981–1982. Does he have to recuse himself when there are matters against the US government? Antonin Scalia, also served the federal government as General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971–1972, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972–1974, and Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974–1977. Does he have to recuse himself in matters involving the government? The truth is many of the US supreme court judges have worked for the government. In the US, they were also appointed, as Supreme court judges, by whatever political party was in office (presidential) while for us politicians have no say in the appointment of judges. Persons, truly need to stop being closed minded and essentially trying to burn down their own house. Its amazing the the some of the same persons who dislike our judges can be heart demanding mob justice (ie justice square just before the 2009 election)

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@ Straight Talk

#9 skyewill » 2014-04-11 12:56

I was not focused on the judge as much as Ijust used the judge as an example. it could be anybody. The system makes no sense unless you trying to gerrimander the election system
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RE: In Defence of Truth

#8 Just Saying » 2014-04-11 09:50

Obey your Extradition treaty, and Leroy King will probably give you more truth than you could handle!
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@Tenman and Skyewill

#7 Straight Talk » 2014-04-11 08:28

A crucial point that has been overlooked is that the good Judge served as Attorney General in the former ALP Administration. Perhaps that's why you guys are so defensive of her. This is another reason why she should have recused herself from the hearing of this matter.
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lack commonsense

#6 tenman » 2014-04-11 07:29

I know the man is an actor but bordiase (Lucian for ah Gad), why he enjoy meking a fool of himself. I know the man is an actor by profession, but come on, at least show some common sense. Is the problem that James has been hanging with too many UPP people? The next thing I will hear is that all judges hearing a local case need to be foreign.
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PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS

#5 RAWLSTON POMPEY » 2014-04-11 07:26

Quite correctly stated; " ...Judicial impartiality is a significant part of justice" [Para 6].

This, is not only contingent upon " ...professionalism, integrity and honesty," but also upon the " ...fundamental principle" that " ...Justice must not only be seen to be done, but MANIFESTLY appear to have been done."

This has always been the " ...Guiding Principle" for adjudicators. It allows judicial officers to give acute considerations in abstaining from adjudicatory proceedings, likely to provoke the inevitable " ...Negative public perceptions and/or opinion."

Judicial officers, shall always ensure that they do not create situations, whereby their " ...individual and/or collective judgments" may, rightly or wrongly, become suspect and influence such perceptions.

Therefore, it might be " ...judicious" for adjudicators to consider RECUSING themselves from obvious " ...contentious issues, particularly where " ...personal interests might be at stake or preliminary interventions may have affected litigious parties."

While the issues at Bar are " ...sub judice" or awaiting judicial determination, until a " ...Judgment" has been delivered, there was none to criticize.

Nonetheless, individuals shall always endeavor to demonstrate " ...objectivity in their criticisms and respectful in their expressions."
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RE: In Defence of Truth

#4 Cool Ruler » 2014-04-11 06:58

Considering that the good lady was on the voters list and will be personally affected the decency and fair play dictates that she would notify the chief justice to assign another judge to the case. Just in case she did not remember that she was on the voters list, surely her husband who is still a judge in Antigua am quite sure would have know that fact.
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JUST FOR RICK

#3 WICKED SET OF PEOPLE » 2014-04-11 06:13

RICK do you think known UPP party hacks like CRUMP, JAMES SABTIAN, JUNO SAMUEL should sit on the electoral commission and boundaries commission you all know about judges, but people with conflict of interest right in you all face you all say nothing I wonder why...............WI CKED SET A PEOPLE
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Critically Thinking

#2 Skyewill » 2014-04-11 05:20

So a judge going about their business leaving the island on an assignment can be taken off the voters lists because they had to travel and so will never be eligible to vote just like ordinary citizens have important thing maybe a death of a family member or a medical emergency or even vacation will lose their status and have to do 7 straight years to become eligible if something do not take them off island. Let the AG stew in his own mess he help create. The judges will do the right thing when the right time comes. The appeal is legitimate and was the right thing to do. It is not the true reason the election has not been called but it makes a dam good excuse. Intelligent people want to know the real reason. Can one of you intelligent bloggers tell us what the real reason is because I can not find any reason why in an election season people still do not know when election is.
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In Defence of Truth

#1 NIMBY » 2014-04-11 05:05

"I and the Free and Fair Election League Inc. will boldly speak out in defence of the truth and damn the penalty" ...We need more people like you Mr. James. People who are "crazy enough" to realise that absolutely no one has the power to stop the truth. It sickens me to realise the undercurrent of ha**ment and bullying that exists in the nation. If things are wrong or may be viewed as inappropriate then why is it that a discussion on the matter is not warranted?
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