Observer online readers want more Paula Llewellyns
JAMAICA needs more people like first woman Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, according to Observer online readers, responding to yesterday's in-depth story on her life in part one of the Desmond Allen Interviews. Part two will be published tomorrow. Following are some edited comments:
Proud of u Madam DPP. Continue your tremendous job u have been doing serving your country.
Miss Llewellyn, with all due respect, I admire the aspect of your speech that talks about being in the lion's jaws and still have to ensure justice to the lion. Which is quite accurate. A case in very recent history, the conduct of a particular juror was brought into question very early into the case where he went and visited a member of the defence team. I am not so acquainted with the legal profession and am seeking your professional advice and clarification on what would be jury misconduct and what are the consequences should such misconduct take place. Also handling of evidence. If the chain of custody is broken and a situation arises where evidence was clearly in a position to be tampered with, such as being inside of a locker with the keys placed on top of the said locker. Or in a situation where the evidence is accessed on a particular time and day and no one seems to be able to account for that. Can that evidence be deemed as inadmissible based on those realities? Also in a judge's summary of a case, can that judge conclude that a person is dead in a case where the arguments of one side of the field is that the said person is alive? I await your prompt response. PS: A good prosecution will get a conviction but the better prosecution will ensure justice...One should not have to break the law to enforce the law.
Love the lady, would take her on a date now. Keep on doing the good job. Your wealth is not in bank or pocket. God has a special reward for you. Have a nice day Jamaica.
God guide and protect you as we put away the criminals.
The women are putting the men to shame. Jamaica needs more people like Miss Llewellyn. May God bless, keep her safe and continue to guide her.
Wow! What a lady! Just love this lady. I happen to meet her as a 13-year-old child in Trelawny where she was visiting a fellow clerk of courts. Even from then I knew this woman was powerful. I just knew she would be great. May God continue to bless you as you carry out your duties impartially and fearless. She is a voice for the voiceless and a beacon of hope for Jamaica land we love. Jamaica needs more women like her, because women are less likely to be corrupted and we are the core of society. If every parish in Jamaica had someone like her I'm sure that Jamaica would be a better place. As a young child growing up among people within the judiciary system, I used to hear how men were afraid of certain female judges and those times the crime rate was not half as bad as it is today. I am very very sure that myself
decent, law-abiding Jamaicans wish this good lady a world of blessings and best wishes for the future.
I totally agree we need more like her.
Very good bio summary. Paula's parents did an excellent job in instilling useful values in their daughter, and though I have had questions about some of her tactics in a particular case, I conclude that she is a fine moral example of an educated Jamaican woman. I find the deadpan response of her Mom to the burglary exceedingly funny. NOT "murder, thief" Mom. Rather "MURRRDAAAHH, TEEEFF"!!!!
Not to take anything away from Ms Llewellyn's accomplishments, but for a prosecutor in places like Jamaica to impress me s/he needs to put a few politicians and well connected white collar offenders in prison. Using state resources to build a case against 'Dudus' or 'Kartel' is not such a difficult task because these men were very visible public enemies. Using state resources and subpoena powers to demand politicians turn over documents in cases where there is reasonable suspicion of a crime committed would show the true toughness and seriousness of a prosecutor. For example, in the 'Dudus' case, there is not a politician charged or investigated for aiding and abetting or providing material or other support to Mr Coke during his criminal years or extradition stand-off.
But congratulations to Ms Llewellyn on her career so far. She is good, but not yet great. She can be great by applying the law fearlessly in all corners of society.
Oh I so totally concur. I'm waiting rather impatiently for the day when charges are levied against those who can bend and twist the law to their liking, yea the same ones who often times get off on crimes because they're Mr and Mrs Big Shot. Oh yes, I'm waiting very impatiently for the day when the law applied to one, will be applicable to all. That, in my definition, is true justice.
If you have credible information on politicians that can send them to prison, then you should go seek an audience with Ms Llewellyn and watch for the outcome. This veranda talk by people who are too scared to even
be a juror needs to stop.
This woman is GREAT... PERIOD...
The consumption of the scalps apart, this is quite an interesting story. Paula has grown a lot from the days of her tossing around labels of 'youthful exuberance' to her commanding international respect for the conviction of Vybz Kartel.
Seems more was riding on the INkartelCERATION than I thought. Hope the fans are still around after the results of the appeal, when we are made to look like jumping marsupials stock our system.
A wonderful lady. I remember one morning driving in H-W-T she pulled out on me suddenly. When she realised she was wrong she stopped and apologised!
Thank you so very much for this very honest and well thought out piece. Coming from a time when media was extremely unkind to her, she earned this.