Criminals have a support system

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Dear Editor,

I'm appalled at the level of defence these criminal lawyers have put up in light of the chastisement by the police and the justice minister towards judges handing down extremely light sentences for individuals convicted of firearm offences.

The notion that the nation's biggest problem for years has been crime and violence is but a farce. To the well-thinking Jamaican, the criminality we face today is borne out of corruption, and it is the continuous support of it by people in positions of importance and stature why we can't seem to get a hold of crime.

Some of these lawyers will, at the drop of a dime, gladly take up the offer to defend and try to sanctify hardened criminals because there is big money to be made from these cases. They are no better than the perpetrators.

I've stated time and again that there is a strong connection between businesses and crime, and no amount of denial can prove otherwise.

Some of these judges, lawyers, business owners have studied together at the same universities; their bonds have been developed, and you can just take a look in our daily papers and you'll see them at these posh events having photo ops. Some of these events are put on by people of questionable character, yet they have no problem getting sponsorship from big companies.

I've always heard the saying that “crime don't pay”, but I beg to differ. In Jamaica it seems to be extremely lucrative. If you doubt me, ask the numerous security firms, the numerous lawyers, the funeral homes, etc. We should consider these things while we grapple with this crisis called crime.

Melvin Pennant

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