Rev Al Miller challenges RM’s ruling

Wednesday, December 11, 2013    

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EMBATTLED clergyman Al Miller has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking a reversal of a ruling by Resident Magistrate Stephanie Jackson-Haisley which bars his attorney from attending the perusal of recordings of 911 calls, police radio and telephone transmissions made on the day Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was arrested.

Miller claimed he was transporting Coke to the United States Embassy in Kingston when his vehicle was stopped by police on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine on June 22, 2010. Coke was removed and arrested.

RM Jackson-Haisley had ruled in the lower court that Miller's attorney be barred from the private session in which she wants to determine if any of the recordings can be deemed a threat to national security if they are made public.

Miller's attorney Jacqueline Samuels-Brown had requested the recordings, in addition to visitor attendance kept by guards at the entrance of the Police Commissioner Owen Ellington's office on Old Hope Road, Kingston for the week of May 10, 2012; on May 19, 2010 and on May 22, 2010; and any other records relating to Miller's attendance to the office between May and June 22, 2010.

Miller also requested any notes of meetings and conference with Ellington and former Deputy Commissioner Jevene Bent.

Ellington's attorney's objected to the request on the grounds that public interest immunity allows for the recordings to be withheld from the defence and that no notes were taken at the meetings between Miller and the Police High Command on the grounds that Bent had retired from the force and could not be compelled by Ellington to respond to a subpoena.

In addition to the ruling related to the recordings, RM Jackson-Haisley also ruled that the records of Miller's visits be served on the defence and that Bent is still a compellable witness.

Police accuse Miller of attempting to transport Coke to the United States Embassy despite knowing that he was wanted by local police.



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