Submitted by Thomas A. Harper
Were it not for this alternative, the impotence or cowardice of the local news media would have left us without an avenue through which to express legitimate concerns regarding the administration of certain sectors of the people’s affairs.
While we are aware that democracy is only a process through which we get to elect our dictators, we must exercise what freedom we still have to express our views, even as the press cowers behind its self-imposed iron curtain.
Be that as it may, in view of certain recent disturbing trends emerging within our judiciary that are excusably perceived to be bringing comfort to none other than the lawless, the following questions must be asked.
Is it now impossible to commit murder in Barbados?
Has the right to say no to sex on demand at anytime or under any conditions or circumstances been revoked?
Is saying no to sex on demand at any time and under any conditions or circumstances now reclassified as provocation?
Is it now the legal position that brutally killing a person for saying no to sex on demand at any time and under any conditions or circumstances be considered a provocation?
Is it now the legal position that saying no to sex on demand at any time and under any conditions or circumstances considered a provocation the magnitude of which evokes more sympathy for the killer than it does for the victim?
Why has it becoming increasingly and alarmingly difficult to distinguish the role of the prosecutor from that of the defense attorney?
Why do pleas accepted and sentences handed down for taking a life cease to reflect punishment that fits the crime, or come even remotely close to justice appearing to have been done?
Is plea-bargaining (which very closely resembles legalized perjury) that facilitates the perpetrators desire for a slap on the wrist not a slap in the face of their victims?
Is the ever increasing easy access to the plea bargain designed to eliminate the work required to prove the commission of the actual crime committed, thereby facilitating the desire for shorter work days and getting everyone home early?
With the ever reducing options of self-defense open to victims of criminal assault, what message do these disturbing trends sent to callous killers, and perpetrators of heinous crime, or is the message intended for us their future victims?
I am fully aware that posing queries of this nature is like tiptoeing through the an over active minefield, and that they are very likely to arouse more rancor for the person posing them than for the perpetrator of senseless brutal killings. However, someone must seek to raise awareness of a problem that left unaddressed will inevitably bring us very close to the Jamaica experience. Unlike the press, being neither impotent or cowardly, I have chosen to be that someone who dares raise awareness of these troubling emerging trends, and call for recognizable justice to be restored, and bear any consequences of so doing.