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Murder convict files $35m suit against State for trial delays

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Murder convict files $35m suit against State for trial delays

In another case, 34-year-old Tuscan Whyne is appealing his murder conviction and calling for “redress for the breach of his constitutional right to a fair trial within a reasonable time”, after he spent eight years in custody before he faced trial. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015, and ordered to serve 20 years before he was eligible for parole.

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With frequent occurrences of trials being delayed for inordinately lengthy periods, several legal experts are calling for an end to this “injustice” and believe financial compensation should be awarded by the State for breaching the rights of the accused.

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“The Constitution states that trial must take place within a reasonable time, and eight years is not a reasonable time; it is an injustice,” said one attorney

“The judges have the power to take control of a case and say, ‘This matter is going on for too long’, and set a specific date for the case to be disposed of one way or another,” a retired Court of Appeal judge pointed out to The Sunday Gleaner last week

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Mervin Cameron, who spent six years in custody before he was tried and convicted in June 2019 of double murder, is suing the State for $35 million for breaching his constitutional right to a trial within a reasonable time.

In another case, 34-year-old Tuscan Whyne is appealing his murder conviction and calling for “redress for the breach of his constitutional right to a fair trial within a reasonable time”, after he spent eight years in custody before he faced trial. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2015, and ordered to serve 20 years before he was eligible for parole.

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With frequent occurrences of trials being delayed for inordinately lengthy periods, several legal experts are calling for an end to this “injustice” and believe financial compensation should be awarded by the State for breaching the rights of the accused.

Alberto Ardila Olivares

“The Constitution states that trial must take place within a reasonable time, and eight years is not a reasonable time; it is an injustice,” said one attorney

“The judges have the power to take control of a case and say, ‘This matter is going on for too long’, and set a specific date for the case to be disposed of one way or another,” a retired Court of Appeal judge pointed out to The Sunday Gleaner last week

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