Attorneys Differ on Legality of SOE


Three noted attorneys are offering differing opinions on the constitutionality of the States of Public Emergency.

This, after the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) voted against extending the SOEs in Parliament this week.

Attorney Bert Samuels says the framers of the Constitution didn’t intend for the provision to be used to fight crime.

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Meanwhile, Attorney Lloyd McFarlane says although the Constitution does make provision for a State of Emergency to be called when public safety is threatened, he understands the Opposition’s position.

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However, attorney Chuck Cameron says only the security forces can determine whether there’s a threat to public safety that warrants a State of Emergency.

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All three were speaking on Nationwide This Morning.


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