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Making people into cockroaches

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Everyone is distressed by what seems to be the clear and incontrovertible video evidence of three policemen beating and then shooting to death Ian Lloyd as he lay on the ground in Buckfield, St Ann.  The policemen have been arrested and charged with murder. The action has been described as horrible but not surprising as this is expected, it seems, from the police. The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) has been again discredited, as its early report on the incident bears no resemblance to the video evidence.

There is something even more appalling, if that is possible, than the cold blooded murder of Lloyd and it is that this shooting was done in the full view of several members of the public who were apparently encouraging the policemen in the criminal action. In other words, our indictment should lie not only against these three policemen but also against the people who encouraged and incited them.


Thick and fast

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Levers JThe Judicial Committee of the Privy Council has recently issued its advice on the hearing of the report of the tribunal to the Governor of the Cayman Islands under s 4 of the Judicial Committee Act on Madam Justice Levers ([2010] UKPC 24). The opinion of the Board was, 'Levers J continued to behave in a manner that was unacceptable in the performance of her judicial duties.' The Board therefore concluded that '... by her misconduct Levers J showed that she was not fit to continue to serve as a judge of the Grand Court and humbly advises Her Majesty that she should be removed from that office on the ground of her misbehaviour.'

Last year the Judicial Committee issued its advice on the hearing of the report on the Chief Justice of Gibraltar ([2009] UKPC 43). In that case, while the Board agreed that the CJ's conduct showed a lack of judgment, they accepted that no criticism was made of his ability to perform his functions. The Board was not prepared to say that the Chief Justice's conduct amounted to misbehaviour and would not accept that his conduct demonstrated inability to perform his functions.


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