Jamaica moving to amend gun court act

first_imgThe Jamaica government has introduced legislation aimed at having non-capital murder offences involving firearms heard by a judge without a jury.Seeking amendment of Gun Court ActJustice Minister Delroy Chuck has tabled the amendment to the Gun Court Act that indicates where “a decision has been taken to amend the Gun Court Act to provide for non-capital murder offences committed with a firearm to be tried in the Circuit Court Division of the Gun Court by a judge sitting without a jury”.It also noted that the Bill not only seeks to give effect to that decision, but also provides for consequential amendments to the Jury Act.Chuck said it makes sense to allow a judge alone to try all gun crimes in relation to non-capital murder “because all other gun offences are tried by a judge alone.“We see no reason why a judge alone cannot try the cases instead of a judge and seven jurors,” he added.Last year, Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, during debate on the Criminal Justice (Administration) (Amendment) Act and the Indictments (Amendment) Act, told legislators that the present legislation provides for most firearm offences to be tried by a judge alone, but there is a glaring exception in relation to the offence of murder committed with a firearm.“In such a situation, the current law provides that trial is with jury. It is therefore being proposed that a firearm offence (in the non-capital category)… will be tried by a judge alone,” she said.Currently, capital murder cases which involve a gun must be tried with 12 jurors, while non-capital murder cases can be tried with seven jurors.last_img read more

Nothing doing… Bluestem buries Belle Plaine 50-14… Oxford no luck with Udall.. South Haven loses big

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For three Sumner County teams, it was a rough night.Belle Plaine would lose to Bluestem on its homecoming 50-14. At one point it was 42-0 in the third quarter. Tough loss for the Dragons, who were hoping to get a W against the other winless team. The Dragons fall to 0-3 while Bluestem improves to 1-2.In another game, that on paper before the game it looked like it would be closer, Udall drilled Oxford 54-6. The game was close for a quarter with Udall leading 8-0 after one. The Eagles then scored five touchdowns and led 40-0 at the end of the second quarter. Oxford’s lone touchdown came on a Smith to Vaughn 16-yard touchdown throw in the the third quarter.South Haven was a loser to Cedar Vale-Dexter 40-6.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Induction date set

first_imgNoon The induction of coaches Marijon Ancich and Ernie Johnson into the 605 Football Hall of Fame will be Friday, May 4, during a dinner gathering at Rio Hondo Country Club in Downey. Cerritos College football coach Frank Mazzotta will be one of several guest speakers present to honor the two former high school coaches who had legendary careers at St. Paul and El Rancho, respectively. Tickets for the dinner are $45. For more information or to purchase tickets, check the 605 All-Star web site at 605allstars.com, or contact game director Rich Estrella at (714) 522-8895. This year’s 605 All-Star Football Classic, featuring players representing 44 southland high schools, including California, La Habra, La Mirada, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe, St. Paul, Whittier Christian, Whittier, El Rancho, Montebello and Schurr, will be played Saturday, June 2 at La Mirada High School. Game time is 6:05 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more