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Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A member of the panel that drafted Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom has cautioned that the constitutional arrangement governing the use of states of emergency (SOE) was deliberately made difficult. Dr Lloyd Barnett, who chaired...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The smuggling of firearms, long considered the lifeblood of marauding criminal gangs, as well as the making of home-made guns and ammunition, is to become a criminal offence under Jamaican law. The proposed new offences will be included in the...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 3:43 PMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Gleaner’s Livern Barrett has issued an early warning to Jamaicans that the crime problem it has faced for the last 20 years is getting towards an apex. There is no doubt, that even with less than two months gone in 2021, there must be...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

If Keshtina Bonner had her way, confessed killer Wade Blackwood would spend the rest of his life behind bars for the horrific shooting death of her sister, Simone Campbell-Collymore. Blackwood detailed, in a caution statement recorded by police...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Britain’s top diplomat here held up Jamaica’s strong democratic traditions as an example to the world as he blasted United States (US) President Donald Trump for the rioting that unfolded at the US Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday. Four...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

It took more than four years, but Jamaica has finally signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States (US) that seeks to stamp out corruption at the ports, which has, for decades, facilitated the inflows of guns, drugs and...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The 82-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) is in good hands with St Andrew Southern Member of Parliament Mark Golding at the helm, outgoing leader Dr Peter Phillips has said. And while the transfer of power in the party has been completed,...

Published:Monday | October 26, 2020 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Cecil Brown got off with a slap on the wrist three years ago after he was convicted for sexual assault involving a five-year-old child. Brown, 54, was sentenced to six months in prison for grievous assault in the Clarendon Parish Court on July 14,...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court has shut down an attempt by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to compel the country’s chief prosecutor to file murder and other charges against two cops over a controversial fatal shooting. At the centre of...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is to determine whether criminal charges will be filed against Gail Dunwell Campbell, the former Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) consultant. Dunwell Campbell, a Jamaican who resides in...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Allegations of domestic violence are among the main reasons cops are being denied permits for private firearms, the regulatory agency has revealed. The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) disclosed that in other cases, cops are denied permits because...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:12 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Supreme Court has tossed an application by former energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley for permission to challenge the findings of a special report by the Integrity Commission that characterised him as “dishonest”. Wheatley also sought the court’...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Denvalyn Minott has been married for more than two decades and is known to residents in his east Portland community of Norwich as a family man who is devoted to his four children. On Thursday, Minott was led from the Home Circuit Court in downtown...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Petrojam, the state-owned oil refinery, has been ordered to pay former General Manager Howard Mollison almost $16 million for his abrupt dismissal. The award was made by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) in a 25-page decision handed down...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The writing was on the wall from early that People’s National Party (PNP) heavyweights Horace Dalley and Richard Azan were in trouble. Among the indicators was the number of first-time voters who said that they were motivated to vote in Thursday’s...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:29 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Popular Portland businessman Everton ‘Beachy Stout’ McDonald has been charged with the gruesome murder of his wife last month, law-enforcement sources have revealed. McDonald and the two other men taken into custody last week in connection with the...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has barred its prospective candidates for the upcoming general election from staging street marches when they are nominated today. While motorcades have been permitted, the JLP disclosed on Monday that strict...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A popular party promoter who had his bank accounts frozen for almost two months amid a probe by the Financial Investigations Division (FID) has filed a more than $220-million lawsuit against the Government. The lawsuit was filed in the Supreme...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The lawsuit challenging a decision by a Jamaican public school not to enrol a then five-year-old girl because of her dreadlocks is about self-expression and not religious rights and freedoms. That’s according to the full transcript of the...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

One of the attorneys who helped to win the freedom of five men being held under the state of emergency (SOE) has warned that the Government has until Monday to release all detainees or face a wave of legal challenges. Isat Buchanan made that...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

WELL-KNOWN ATTORNEY-at-law Anthony Pearson has been struck off the list of lawyers authorised to practise in Jamaica over an accusation that he failed to return nearly $10 million to a financial institution that had inadvertently deposited the...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2020 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Another mentally ill inmate has been blamed for the weekend attack on George Williams, the elderly man languishing in Jamaica’s prison system for almost five decades without a trial. The accused inmate, sources revealed, is among scores of mentally...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

GEORGE WILLIAMS used a gut-wrenching application to the High Court to pour out his soul about the nearly five decades he has spent in an infested maximum-security prison awaiting trial and to make a desperate plea to win his freedom. “I don’t want...

Published:Monday | June 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A soured gun deal that left two men dead is at the centre of a war that has been played out, mostly in broad daylight, on the streets of the capital city, law-enforcement sources have revealed. The Holness administration moved on Sunday to stem the...

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2020 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

George Williams was a mentally ill 20-year-old when he was arrested by the police in 1970 and charged for allegedly killing another man. Now, nearly 50 years later, Williams is believed to be one of the seven persons identified by the Independent...

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