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CCJ Makes First Belize Judgment

 Above: the Caribbean Court of Justice By Alexander Britell Belize saw its first-ever judgment from the Caribbean Court of Justice, with the court finding that the Attorney General was allowed to bring an action for misfeasance in office against two …

Digitizing the Law in Barbados

 Above: the Barbados Supreme Court The Barbados Attorney General’s office is beginning an initiative to implement so-called Legislative Information Management Systems that will digitize Barbadian laws. “The project will introduce technological advances which will enable us to draft legislation more …

Buju Banton Gets 10-Year Sentence

 Grammy-winning reggae star Buju Banton has been sentenced to 10 years in Federal prison for his cocaine conspiracy conviction. Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, had seen a wave of support for leniency, and his 10-year sentence fell below …

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 Garrett Wittels (FIU Photo/Samuel Lewis) The Bahamian Attorney General dropped rape charges on American collegiate baseball player Garrett Wittels, according to his attorney, Richard Sharpstein. “It’s over,” Sharpstein said. “The fact lady has sung in the Bahamas.” The attorney general …

 Minister Tommy Turnquest (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Bahamas Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest defended the London-based Privy Council, the Bahamas’ final court of appeal yesterday, arguing that the court was not an obstacle to the death penalty as it had …

 Bahamas Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest called for renewed cooperation in the international war on drug crime at the first meeting of the Technical Working Group on Maritime and Aerial Domain Awareness Security Cooperation. The meeting was part of …

 By the Caribbean Journal staff The government of Grenada has joined the International Criminal Court, with the court’s Rome Statute set to enter into force in Grenada on Aug. 1. The decision follows the CARICOM seminar on the ICC held …

 Source: Nasa Visible Earth The Bahamas and Cuba have reached an agreement in principle regarding their mutual maritime border, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette. Setting the border was important due to the new …

 Ian Wilkinson, the president of the Jamaica Bar Association, described calls for a domestic final court of appeal in Jamaica “a retrograde step,” saying that it was time for the country to sign on to the Caribbean Court of Justice …

 Federal Court in Orlando, Fla. U.S.-based investors will receive first priority in the Olint case, according to the U.S. Government, and the deadline for filing claims to recover money from David Smith’s failed ponzi scheme has been extended. Victim-witness specialist Elizabeth …

 Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron will replace the outgoing Michael de la Bastide as the president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the CARICOM heads of government announced. Byron is currently president of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, …

 By Alexander Britell Richard Lightbourn is a partner at McKinney, Bancroft and Hughes, the landmark Nassau law firm. Current Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was a law clerk at the firm, and his predecessor, Perry Christie, committed his pupilage at the …

 Norman Manley and P.J. Patterson By the Caribbean Journal Staff Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, Q.C., O.N., will give the Norman Manley Lecture Thursday at the Norman Manley Law School, according to Stephen Vasciannie, dean of the law school. …

 By the Caribbean Journal Staff Following reggae singer Buju Banton’s recent motion for a judgment of acquittal and for a new trial, the U.S. attorneys prosecuting the case have responded, arguing that Banton has presented “no reason why [the] court’s …

 Buju Banton a.k.a. Mark Myrie The U.S. Government filed its response to Buju Banton’s motion for bond following his conviction last week in his high-profile narcotics trial. Assistant United States Attorney James Preston, Jr. argued that Banton, whose real name …

 We have obtained the motion by Mark Myrie aka Buju Banton filed by attorney David Markus. According to the 18-page motion (attached below), Banton moves for acquittal on several grounds, including Count 3, in which he claims that there was insufficient …

 By the Caribbean Journal Staff A new legal journal, the Caribbean Law Yearbook, will debut in the late spring of this year at the University of Miami School of Law. Along with the journal, which is the first of its …

 A Caribbean Journal Editorial He was never a judge, never a Queen’s Counsel. His robes were never silk. But A. Ralph Carnegie was a Caribbean John Marshall if there ever was one. Ralph Carnegie, A.R. in scholarly texts, passed away …