Al and Herro’s ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY - Gor­don Robin­son is an at­tor­ney-at-law. Email feed­back to col­umns@glean­erjm.com.

SINCE A par­ish judge handed Al Miller his sec­ond crim­i­nal con­vic­tion, he and pal, Herro Blair, have cir­cled the me­dia wag­ons to con­vince us that ‘a nuh nut­ten’.

Fair enough. How­ever, the sight of nor­mally cyn­i­cal me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers drink­ing Al and Herro’s Kool-Aid by the bucket makes me ill. Al and Herro’s ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture fea­tures Herro’s wild, un­sub­stan­ti­ated and un­wor­thy al­le­ga­tions against the JCF. No­body has held his feet to the fire.

Al al­leges that the po­lice com­mis­sioner ap­proved his plan to sur­ren­der Dudus and gave him the op­tion of de­liv­er­ing Dudus to any po­lice sta­tion or to the US Em­bassy. Al says Dudus chose the em­bassy be­cause he was fear­ful that po­lice would kill him. Trevor McNaughton, Tony Brevett and Brent Dowe (The Melo­di­ans): I have a lit­tle nut tree. Noth­ing would it bear for me but a sil­ver nut­meg and a golden pear alone ... Let’s ex­am­ine this ut­ter rot that me­dia have failed to con­vert into the Swiss cheese ar­gu­ment it re­ally is.

1. No po­lice com­mis­sioner can give any Ja­maican an op­tion to break the law. With a war­rant is­sued for Dudus by a Ja­maican judge, with 73 Ja­maicans (the West Kingston com­mis­sion of en­quiry says 69) al­ready hav­ing died in geno­ci­dal at­tempts to ex­e­cute that war­rant, only a lu­natic would pur­port to ‘of­fer’ the fugi­tive the un­law­ful ‘op­tion’ of sur­ren­der­ing to the em­bassy;

2. So it’s an im­pos­si­ble of­fer from the get-go. Were it to be at­tempted, you’d think ev­ery­thing would first be tied up with a bow at tri­par­tite meet­ings among Com­mish, em­bassy and Al. Noth­ing such is al­leged.

3. The em­bassy im­me­di­ately de­nied

any ar­range­ment with Al. Com­mish re­fused to tes­tify. Al’s de­fence elected not to sub­poena him.

If you lis­ten closely, you’ll realise that the al­leged ‘dis­cus­sions’ Herro keeps talk­ing about took place BE­FORE the Tivoli in­va­sion. This isn’t con­tentious. At the Manatt en­quiry, Gold­ing and Elling­ton ad­mit­ted to be­ing con­tacted by Al, who said he was try­ing to con­vince Dudus to turn him­self in.

How­ever, Al’s con­tin­u­ing fan­tasy, re­jected by the judge, that weeks later the com­mis­sioner gave Al op­tions for his Driv­ing Miss Daisy rou­tine is some­thing Herro didn’t wit­ness per­son­ally. He cer­tainly didn’t give any such ev­i­dence at Al’s trial.

When per­sons of in­ter­est are sur­ren­dered by in­ter­me­di­aries, pre­cise de­tails of where and when are pre­ar­ranged. Why wouldn’t the com­mis­sioner tell his po­lice­men Al was on an ap­proved mis­sion? If ev­ery­thing was pre­ar­ranged, why was the fugi­tive dis­guised? One lonely night in June when my tree be­gan to bloom I saw in front of me a girl just like the Queen of May This isn’t the first time a judge has re­jected Al’s claims in re­sponse to a crim­i­nal charge. Charged with crim­i­nal neg­li­gence in caus­ing his firearm to be stolen, Al’s ex­cuse was that he was dis­tracted by pick­ing plum (plum?). To my sur­prise, she was to be what God wanted her to be. She was to be my lover, you see, so that’s how it will be The judge re­jected his unsworn tes­ti­mony, in which Rev Al was quoted as say­ing: “I think the judge made her de­ci­sion based on in­for­ma­tion that she gar­nered, al­beit in­ac­cu­rate ... but it raises the whole ques­tion of the sys­tem.”

TES­TI­MONY RE­JECTED

Af­ter his sworn tes­ti­mony was AGAIN re­jected in the Driv­ing Miss Daisy af­fair, he re­peated sim­i­larly gar­bled al­le­ga­tions be­fore get­ting help sound­ing like a comic­strip Chiney­man an­swer­ing the phone, “Her­rooooooooooo!” There­after, the duo’s com­edy shtick’s premise has been “Al can’t be to blame”. Re­mem­ber, Al’s per­fect. He once wrote (Gleaner, Jan­uary 13, 2013):“The Church and its rep­re­sen­ta­tives are the pri­mary car­ri­ers of the mind of Christ in the world and it’s through them, Mr Robin­son, and all men need to be guided. Mr Robin­son, you can­not get around us, as we’re the only true, authen­tic reps on [earth]. I, for sure, and many others have the his­tory, ev­i­dence, life­style and char­ac­ter to back it up ... . ”

Al should count his bless­ings. James Forbes was fined $800,000 for a first of­fence re­lated to a traf­fic ticket. Con­sta­ble Lyn Sue (first of­fence; fab­ri­cat­ing ev­i­dence) was sen­tenced to six months in prison. Al was caught fer­ry­ing Ja­maica’s most wanted fugi­tive, in dis­guise, al­legedly to an in­sti­tu­tion with zero right to re­ceive him. His al­leged en­abler re­peat­edly de­nied him.

So, one of the most in­de­cent ar­gu­ments be­ing put for­ward is to com­pare Al to Je­sus Christ, “the most fa­mous crim­i­nal con­vict”. But Je­sus WANTED to be con­victed. He re­fused to de­fend Him­self. Je­sus’ con­vic­tion, death sen­tence and ex­e­cu­tion were all part of a di­vine plan. Al’s Driv­ing Miss Daisy cha­rade was an­other very smelly ket­tle of fish. Peace and love.

FILE

Bishop Herro Blair (left) and the Rev Al Miller have still not told the full truth on the Dudus sur­ren­der in­trigue.

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