Legal fails to nail gun cases

| 08/06/2010

(CNS): A freedom of information request made to the Legal Department by a local attorney concerning a number of firearms related cases over the last few years revealed more than twenty of them had failed to result in any form of prosecution. The list covers a number of different indictments all of which involved unlicensed firearms but many never came in front of a jury for a number of different reasons, from missing witnesses to no case submissions being upheld by the courts. Of the eight cases that made it to trial, only two people were found guilty.

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  1. noname says:

    So what you are telling us is that police aren’t actually doing a bad job at all but the whole of the Legal Department needs to be put out to pasture? By my count, at least three of the persons on this list are now deceased by way of firearm.

    • Anonymous says:

      As we have seen over and over again, not only here in cayman but the world over, without checks and balances in the various government systems, corruption, bias and subjectivity can take hold.

      The legal department is responsible for prosecutions.  Do we have an independent oversight body that can make sure that they are doing their work fairly and impartially. 

      Lets take a hypothetical situation.  If the legal department loses some files, drag their feet for long enough, or simply decide not to move on a particular matter because the person is a friend, an associate or an important figure, who would really know? How could this even be challenged?

      These types of things are not only very possible, they could be happening right here in Cayman.