In another example of responsible jurisprudence, Judge Helen Jones has denied bail to a man charged with a brazen home invasion in Grand Bahama.
Tommy Turnquest’s condemnation of Bahamian judges seems to be paying off, prompting another judge to act responsibly by denying bail to the alleged rapist of a seven-year-old girl.
Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett announced recently that Justice Milton A Evans has been appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court on a permanent basis.
Recent case postponements show that attorneys are also culpable in the delay of justice but that judges truly hold the power to make or break the court system.
One day after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham vowed to get crime under control, a “naive” judge – once again – postponed the Randy Fraser sex crime trial for what some see as an unacceptable reason.
In a post on Weblog Bahamas, Edward Hutcheson asks, “Is the safety of the criminal to be elevated above that of the law-abiding citizen?”
It appears that Minister Tommy Turnquest was in synch with a broad spectrum of the Bahamian public when he criticized judges for their leniency in dealing with violent criminals.
Certain laws in The Bahamas were created to protect even corrupt and incompetent judges, but they should not prohibit reasonable and intelligent examination of the judiciary’s actions and decisions.
It is hard for Bahamians to understand why so many dangerous criminals are out on bail, mocking our system of justice and terrorizing us in our homes and in our businesses.