In recent days Attorney General Dale Marshall has been in the news relating to several matters. Two items piqued the blogmaster’s interest.
In summary he said he had been following the issue concerning the wall at Joe’s River in St. Joseph, the constituency he represents. And that he was forced to decline public comment on the matter because future developments may involve aspects of his ministry.
See relevant extract of Attorney General Marshall commenting on the issue.
The other issue was Marshall commenting on the lack of complaints raised by the Barbados Bar Association against judges who have been persistently late handing down written decisions.
I can tell you I’ve had meetings with the Bar Association – and I supposed I may be unpopular for saying this – but I genuinely felt there were some instances where the Bar ought to raise complaints against persistently delaying members of the judiciary.Attorney General Dale Marshall
In the first matter Marshall asserts that he must suppress first responsibility of being member of parliament for St. Joseph by withholding strident vocal support for constituents protesting the Joe’s River matter. One can reasonably argue it is the correct position taken by Marshall to avoid prejudicing the matter should it escalate to the Attorney General’s office for review.
In the other matter Marshall felt no need to contain himself when he publicly voiced frustration at the inaction of the Barbados Bar Association for being intimidated by delinquent judges. Members of the public could legitimately question the integrity of the judiciary given Attorney General Marshall’s admission. The more pertinent concern as his further comment supports.
…the response that was given to me unofficially was that nobody wants to bell this particular cat because if you complain, you feel there are going to be recriminations, if not from the same judge, then from other judges…Attorney General Dale Marshall
We have a situation of Marshall apparently absolving himself of his responsibility as policymaker. If a judge is deemed to be delinquent this should be seen as a performance matter and disposed of accordingly. If the existing law in some way prevents the Chief Justice from exercising disciplinary action, then change the law Attorney General Marshall notwithstanding the shield given to judges under the Constitution.
How can a government elected to govern remain supine in the face of incompetence demonstrated by a few judges? There is no reason why Attorney General Marshall should be reminded of the maxim, justice delayed to the people is justice denied.
See relevant link
What is the role of the Attorney General?
On a related matter for Attorney General Marshall because of John Citizen’s inability to access information in the absence of freedom of information laws.
The government abandoned the road at Six Mens means the bridge will be permanently raised so that the parcels of land acquired by the government can be sold off. They have already started a bypass road from Colleton to Maynards – no consultation!
Joe’s River meeting ‘fruitful’
By Maria Bradshaw firstname.lastname@example.org
A valid question has been asked, why did the Joe’s River matter have to reach point that it has?
why did the Joe’s River matter have to reach point that it has?
Put another way..
What is the role of Town Planning Department, and who is in charge?
Put another way, who took money and now cahn open dey mout because it would end up like the gift of a painting…did someone say bribe? To block access to the beach and the painting ended up in the newspapers…hand to mouth…always got hands out..
I read the article and it does not appear that the wall will be removed. This is the only position that citizens should accept.
Don’t fall for the stall and promise routine. They will add to the existing structure by a brick a year and one year no one will be able to squeeze through the last hole.
Sometimes I wonder if Barbados has no night. We had a man who came here and cry for years about some bricks in a ‘river’.
I am outraged and I must add this here.
In today’s epaper, there is an article “Let them go”.
Here two men were house in the psychiatric hospital for an extended period of time (42 years and 34 years). The article also stated “The courts was informed that no documents, records or information about the men could be found”
How does The Barbados government (BLP and DLP) lose people who are in their care? Every few days we get a story of someone who is lost in our system, the we hear of the miraculous fixes and soon after a next missing person is found.
A bunch of empty shirts and pants with big mouths walking around with a clipboard and doing nothing.
The first thing the hospital administration should do is fire anyone who was working at the hospital for more than 20 years. How could they walk around and see a men in the hospital for 20 years and never asked a question? Are there no feelings, no compassion? Has ever trace of their humanity has been extinguished? Is work just a check.
Some of you think it is sweet living there, but others are living and experiencing sheer hell.
“Are there no feelings, no compassion? Has ever trace of their humanity has been extinguished? Is work just a check.”
keep it simple Theo…a GANG of slick talking liars and thieves, who honed their skills of deception for 4 generations…who would hide the identities and historiy of those who look like them for DECADES, to cash in later at the expense of those who have NO CLUE…..
aka the FAILED wannabes and cash-in artists….we know they possess none of the above qualities you hoped for.. so….in keeping it simple, we can only ask….WHAT ARE THEY NOT CAPABLE OF in the way of evil and conniving..
I come here every morning with the intention to be positive. I may take a swipe at Mia, but I do not consider that as positive or negative, just political spin and a cheap joke. I may compliment Ronnie O, but again that falls within the political spin and a cheap joke spectrum.
But how can I be positive, when I see that horrors that are inflicted on the poor and the weak in Barbados, People taking advantage of the elderly, advantage of children, of those imprisoned or those in mental institutions? How can I be honest when I see our courts drop the hammer on those who would steal a loaf of bread and pat those who steal hundred dollars on their backs?
A nation of Pharisees, creating laws that will not be applied uniformly; engaged in lofty and high sounding conversations and at the same time brutalizing and mistreating a segment of the society.
Their actions and their words are in conflict, they talk like scholars but act like beasts. Forgive me, don’t tell me how sweet it is for you. Show me how you treat your sick and your lame, show me how you treat your elderly and you children. Educated beasts.
“There but for the grace of God go I”.
“How can I be honest when I see our courts drop the hammer on those who would steal a loaf of bread and pat those who steal hundred dollars on their backs?”
should read as “How can I be positive when I see our courts drop the hammer on those who would steal a loaf of bread and pat those who steal hundred dollars on their backs?”
I hope that I am honest. I strive for it. (Even my political spin is honest – based on actual events)
At least you have options. Snowbirding like some of us CanBajans is a good one.
Thank you for seeing, and for you willingness to call it as it is…
Bushie admires your ability to do so without resorting to strong language..
Unlike the bushman who has so far, been UNABLE to resist a resort to terms like shaving cream, brassbowlery and shiite…
Perhaps the lawyers representing the residents should be clear on what they want to achieve with the court’s involvement.
The best outcome would be for the wall to be removed.
I wonder if access is being only contemplated for residents of the area. If this is the case what about the rest of Barbados?
Could government not compulsory acquire the right of way to provide public access and resolve this matter once and for all? If not, it will come up again.
Ultimately, this shows up the lack of representation by the AG for the people. St Joseph deserves better. It brings to mind a long ago article that the AG should be a non political person, nuetral, one without loyalty to any political party. I wonder which hat he wore in the meeting?
From the first report/comment posted first to this blog the two sides appear to be heading for a resolution. We shouldn’t forget the lawyers are acting on a brief from residents/protesters.
The pull of the island and my navel string is strong.
Can you imagine me returning to Barbados and running into one of those crooked lawyers. Not afraid to make a jail, I take justice into my own hands.
The whole crooked cabal of judges and lawyers decide “We can’t have that. Other idiots might have the same idea, avoid our sham system and distribute their own brand of justice. We need to make an example of him.”
The case takes 12 years (I will be defending myself) and they send me to the psychiatric hospital.
For years, you would be here saying “What became of TheO? He had a big mouth when he was in the US and went silent when he was in Barbados. What a coward?”
Sixty years later your great grandson hear of some man who was lost in the psychiatric wards of Barbados. All he says is “I’m glad my great granddad is not here to learn of the fate of TheO”.
I’ll be about 150 years then but refusing to die and please those ‘bastards’,
“Could government not compulsory acquire the right of way to provide public access and resolve this matter once and for all? If not, it will come up again.”
This comes up EVERY YEAR like clockwork.. since i heard the song about the dead Jack Dear not wanting
African descended people bathing on the beach…. decades ago…..
It never goes away, nothing is ever done about it, and everyone forgets until it comes up again the following year, then they grumble…wash, rinse, repeat.
The problems lie with your traitor governments, always have, always will…they are THE problem and direct cause of all these oppressive disenfranchising tactics.
Pacha….We have noted for decades, that it’s only Black people sit quietly and accept enslavement and now reenslavement…along with the decades of wickedness taking place in Slave Society Barbados.
..on that note…the people in UK are setting the ground rules….shut the country down….they will not sit quietly and be enslaved or reenslaved as Black people too weak to know any better would…they will NEVER in 10 million years allow it…
Hants…a buddy in Canada just sent me a video with Gabby talking about the Joes River affair….he said the optics are disgusting and disrespectful and i quote:
” Shame on the Government. However, if it’s allowed to continue by the Barbados population, then it’s Shame on Us, as Judge Judy would say.”
The people must start to take responsibility for allowing reckless corrupt governments to oppress and exploit them without consequences.
What we have now is a cyclical treadmill…some lowlife bribe paying foreigner dont want to see Afrikan people near the property they got, start the same building walls and moving land marks, the dangerous government pretends they dont know how it happened…belches out when caught redhanded, not bout hey…sounds familar in the IDB affair, lying through their traitor teeth..
…a post appears about the issue, everyone grumbles, 2 weeks later, everyone forgets, a year later it happens again….and repeat…so where is that taking anyone.
Didn’t the Atty Gen say words to the effect that the Gov’t knew that the “wandering” law wouldn’t pass muster and the Gov’t was drafting laws to replace it? Pray tell then why would he allow trials to proceed or individuals to be detained based on that law? Did he expect the court to dismiss challenges to the law so that he could appear like a white knight to save the day?
I would call him a clown but clowns may take offense at his inclusion in their midst
A beachside business is denying that it is hampering sea bathers from accessing Brownes Beach.
Management of Nautilus Ocean Suites and Bayside Bistro, Upper Bay Street, St Michael, said that on the contrary, it welcomed the public.
They were responding to queries after some people complained about it blocking their access to the popular beach.
The business originally opened with umbrellas but switched to a tent after the former “were not standing up to the wind”. They said drawings were submitted to the National Conservation Commission
Bushman….dont know what to tell them except that they spent decades SOWING and will now spend longer decades REAPING….dem cahn even outlive it….since they are the ones set all of this in motion…let’s see how well they survive it, within the allotted time.
The criminal selfhating negro mind is an abomination.
Politicians are like diapers; they need changing often and for the same reason.
Who are the viable/attractive alternatives challenging at the constituency level?
Frank never said that there were ‘viable or attractive ‘ alternatives.
His short truism simply speaks of rotating the ‘shit-collectors’ often. The boss Lady seems to support this strategy… LOL
If there were viable and attractive alternatives then Frank’s whole premise would be flawed.
So the learned Atty Gen is complaining that the Bar Association should complain about judge taking their time to render decisions yet according to a former Bar insider the Gov’t hasn’t even responded to their request for an amendment to the law to disbar convicted lawyers.
The longest serving Atty Gen spitting in the air and it falling back in his face
Barbados can and should do better
“Barbados can and should do better”
‘Should’, …..but can’t,
“Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat”.
We have CHOSEN a particular path – which has inevitable consequences.
The precursor to those consequences is a form of ‘madness’…
It is where we are.
“Speaking under anonymity due to no longer being on the council of the Bar Association”
1) Has this lawyer stated anything here where anonymity istruly required?
2) What will the Bar Association do if a lawyer steps to the podium and says “Crooked lawyers should be disbarred”?
3) What pressures can the Bar Association bring on a lawyer who steps to the podium and says “Crooked lawyers should be disbarred”?
3b) What does he fear?
3c) Who does he fear?
4) Can you tell me what is wrong with such a statement?
5)This article makes me wonder if our Bar Association is the local equivalent of the crime enterprise called the mafia?
Is there a sworn to omerta or do lawyers simply followed it due to fear?
Perhaps there is a need to have some external agency investigate the Bar as after all it acts like a criminal enterprise. Would this be unprecedented? Can this be done?
The pressure will obviously not be exerted by the BAR.
“Last November, attorney Ernest Jackman was sentenced to seven years in prison on theft and money laundering charges, while attorney Norman Lynch, who was also convicted of the theft of thousands of dollars from a client, is waiting to be sentenced.”
Here is what I dislike about this sentence “thousands of dollars”. THOUSANDS!
In a way this minimizes the horror of Norman Lynch’s theft. My friends, it was not tens of dollars or hundreds of dollars or thousand of dollars, it was HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars almost 1/2 MILLION.
Don’t let them (lawyers and the media) water down this half-of-a-million dollar crime to just thousands of dollars and give this big thief a pat on his back. Think of the pain and suffering he inflicted on his victims;
remember that this crime could throw the family into generational poverty.
If it takes 11 years to have a verdict on this blatant theft then mr Lynch should have a sentence of at least 11 years or the judge should do the honorable thing and recuse himself.
The time for games is at an end.
JFK: Some men see things as they are and ask, “”Why?”” I dream things that never were and ask, “”Why not?””
Have a great day Barbados.
Each day provide an opportunity for you to shine and write your name on history’s page. Time to change the script.
Have a great day Barbados.
Because I love you
I believe Norman Leroy Lynch is due for sentencing on the 21st.
Call the judge. Ask the judge to allow a victim impact statement
Call the courts
Call The AG
I don’t usually ask for money, but I am selling these rods ($9.99) to victims of theft by lawyers; the rods can also be used to find justice in our courts. Don’t be cheap and try to cheat me (special coat hangers are needed). Watch from 2:09.
Strange and stranger. I never knew that the land to the sea side of the bridge belonged to Edgewater, formerly Tenby and now Tenby again. I am almost eighty and since I was five or six, we have been using the access to catch crayfish and pick grapes and almonds in what we called the woods. I hope the new owners do not think the land and road adjacent to Edgewater belongs to them. That is government railway land and we have had access since it was built.
I remember the guy who bought Culpepper lands overlooking High Rock put up a gate, blocking people from entering the beach and parking on the railway land. Well, the locals removed it. He put it up again and it was removed again, at which time Sir Roy (Bathsheba boy), went to the press and asked why a citizen is blocking access to Bathsheba railway land, and if it was sold, why and when was it sold.
Long story short, the owner never tried to block the entrance again. The new owners of Tenby should remember that.
Is it only Gabby that sees the disgrace in these situations where these foreign entities – who are mostly anonymous brass bowls in their own countries, arrive in Barbados to the impression that, on passing a few favors in the right places, they can take over the old Massa heritage from the plantocracy, and lord it over the best that brassbados has to offer?
-These new ‘Lords’ must LIVE exclusively on the best beaches..
-They must command the best views…
-They must be guaranteed profits – even when everyone else is borrowing…
-Their views must be prioritized because of their (mostly borrowed) money..
What does THAT all say about the rest of us…?
…about our education system..?
…about our prospects…?
…about our LEADERS..?
Bushie finds it VERY difficult to be optimistic, OR to understand why the blogmaster is unhappy with the bushman’s pessimism… 🙂
How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land of brassbowlery?
– Anything less than 11 years for Norman Lynch smells like corruption –
– No victim impact statement smells like corruption –
This 2017 article mentions having victims impact statements
This 2019 post mentions victim impact statements
Here is what one of the victims said in Barbados Today
“I truly hoped that Mr Lynch would recognise . . . his wrong of using our money to finance his lavish lifestyle and at least he could feel sorry for a family who trusted him . . . . We are very hurt – my brothers and I, my mother, even our extended family,” she added.
*** This lawyer has not shown any remorse. This thief has kept mainly silent with his head held high and is just waiting fo his crooked brethren to pat him on the back. The judge need to recuse himself … if the sentence will be less than 11 years.
“We are ordinary working-class people of retirement age, all three of us. It is just that my father seized an opportunity to better himself and his family when he purchased that property and worked hard . . . and gave it to his children . . . . The only comfort we have is that my dear father did not live to witness this loss. . .
*** When a victim has to take comfort from the death of a loved one…. things are real bad.
“It is a very stressful and depressing experience, it is very traumatic, it feels like a nightmare . . . . Many times I wished it was just a bad dream,” Ward said.
*** Can you imagine living in a nightmare or when bad dreams are preferable to your present circumstance… things are real bad.
This victim must be heard at sentencing.
Does your last post not confirm that the victims WERE heard via a victims impact statement to the court?
The court will now play a series of numbers games with ‘starting points’, and ‘discounts’ for being accommodating, ‘bonuses’ for being a lay preacher, and ‘time off’ for anticipated good behavior….
Lynch will probably be out and robbing other bowls before his next birthday.
You ain’t no different to David if you think that any change (or serious punishments) will come from people who, were the FACTS to be known, would likely be standing in Lynch’s shoes….
You are correct. But this statement was given on Monday, May 7 (two weeks in the past). The impact of this statement has been lessened with the passage of time and some may not be aware of it.
For maximum impact, The statement should be delivered immediately before sentencing. This would make it more difficult for the judge to slap the lawyers on the wrist and just say “Go and sin no more”.
An opinion: It appears that like other places we may have bells and whistles, but we tweak them so that they lose their effectiveness.
It is a beautiful day in my neck of the woods. I just got up and opened the venetian blinds to let the sunlight in. I can tell it is nippy (cold) outside but from where I am, it is just a gorgeous day.
Sometimes I struggle on the question of the existence or the non-existence of a God, but a beautiful day is the greatest proof that there is a God somewhere. A beautiful day causes my doubts in God’s existence to flee to the farthest recess of my mind.
It is beautiful here; and yet, I envy those who are living in beautiful Barbados. For most of you, there is no noise of a furnace (in the background) pushing out warm air to keep you comfortable. You are able to leave your home with a lot less clothing than I would have on if I venture outside. You can get your exercise by jumping over obstacles that limit your access to the beach and then enjoy the beautiful beaches. The Good Lord has been kind to you.
Well, I am looking forward to March 21; that’s tomorrow. It will be then that the crooked lawyer is sentenced. I will be tuned in to radio stations and reading various blogs to hear what the sentence is.
Each of us has his/her own yardstick or litmus test. I believe the harshness of the sentence is also an indication of how corrupt our judiciary is. I can hear the lawyers saying “Theo is an idiot. He has no knowledge of the sentencing guidelines used in Barbados”.
My counter “You have knowledge of sentencing guidelines but you have imprisoned the sick and petty criminals without trial for decades. Your justice is not blind. Lady justice distribute her favors in much the same way a harlot does. She looks at who is in front of her and then smiles or frown at them depending on their circumstances. Get thee behind me, Satan.”
Back to my 3 points.
1) If unable to dispense true justice this judge should recuse himself
2) A light sentence should speak volumes to the Barbadian public on the state of our judiciary.
3) A heavy and harsh sentence would be an indication that Lady Justice is blind and on duty.
I am wondering if sentencing of these corrupt lawyers should taken out of the hands of these judges and be be done by some secret tribunal (of honest men and women) after hearing the victim impact statement.
One play that I loved and enjoyed was Shakespeare “As you like it”. There was one phrase that I found powerful and motivating “Sweet are the uses of adversity” but today I am wondering if this wasn’t telling me to accept my state and lulling the warrior within me to sleep. Education or indoctrination?
“Sweet are the uses of adversity”.
Could it be possible that we will become a leaner and fitter nation as we have to hurdle obstacles imposed by “land owners’ to prevent our access to the beaches? Pushed to find our way through the worst path to the beaches our sense of balance will improve as we slip and slide our way to the beaches; I can see how alert your senses become as we dance our way through cow-itch and “pimplers”.
Perhaps we should be thanking these land owners, embracing them as national heroes and encouraging them to continue their yearly fight to stop us using the beaches. Sweet are the use of adversity.
Have a great day Barbados.
May you find humor and joy as the day develops.
Have a great day Barbados
Prevention of crop tiefing.
Business opportunity providing security services.
A side note:
On the story about the death of the Virginian man murdered by 9 policemen and medical workers a strange sentence has crept into the telling of the story “the majority of them were black”.
Add this to the Tyre Nichols death and you will see that having black officers or medical professionals at the scene does not mean a black person will be treated humanely. This should really comes as no surprise, since drive by shootings and black on black crime shows that we do not value our own lives.
Is this a continuation of house slaves and field slaves mindsets.
Racial interaction may be more complicated than detailed in the two paragraphs above, but we also need to look at and discuss ALL black on black interactions.