Lawyers Against Proposed Bail Restrictions

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Three prominent defense attorneys are against the government’s intention to make persons charged with murder ineligible for bail under certain circumstances.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced his intentions during his contribution to the budget debate in Parliament yesterday.

He says Justice Minister Delroy Chuck will give further details during the sectoral debate. But Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson says this is not the way to go.

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Meanwhile – one of the country’s leading defence attorneys, Peter Champagnie, says the automatic denial of bail is unconstitutional.

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And attorney Patrick Bailey says he’s astounded that the Prime Minister could take that position.

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