Opposition Senators Not Getting Any Respect in Parliament – Malahoo Forte


Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte says in recent times there’s been occasions where Opposition Senators have been disrespected as they seek to carry out their parliamentary duties.

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Mrs. Malahoo Forte notes that she supports the general thrust of the proposed amendments to the Criminal Justice Administration’s Act.

The bill which was approved today says in circumstances where a trial judge feels that a mandatory sentence is unjust, the Judge is mandated to apply the sentence.

However, Mrs. Malahoo Forte says she called for a divide on the clause which proposes that the trial judge be given the option of referring the unjust sentence to the Appeal Court, while recommending a fair sentence.

Senator Malahoo Forte says it’d be best that the power to adjust the sentence be given to the trial judge, instead of adding another layer to the process.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.