No jus­tice for poor peo­ple

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION&COMMENTARY -

THE EDI­TOR, Sir: JA­MAICA HAS more churches per square mile than any other coun­try on earth. But Jamaicans will be the first to agree that our ju­di­ciary fails to re­flect a bib­li­cal perspective. Not­with­stand­ing a man­date from God, jus­tice for the poor has al­ways been no­tice­ably ab­sent.

So­cial me­dia abounds with Jamaicans lament­ing the lack of jus­tice for Kha­jeel Mais, the Kingston Col­lege stu­dent al­legedly killed by the driver of an X6 motor ve­hi­cle in 2011. Yes, the cab driver ad­mit­ted that he was speed­ing. Yet he also states that there was heavy fog and he could not see. Both make him crim­i­nally neg­li­gi­ble and re­spon­si­ble for ini­ti­at­ing the in­ci­dent that took Kha­jeel’s life. The shooter is, with­out a doubt, guilty of shed­ding in­no­cent blood.

Ec­cle­si­astes 8:11 (NIV) warns: “When the sen­tence for a crime is not quickly car­ried out, peo­ple’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong.”

The na­tion shares col­lec­tive blood guilt and the Lord does not for­give un­re­pen­tant mur­der.

Isa­iah 26:15 (NIV) prom­ises pun­ish­ment for blood­shed: “See, the Lord is com­ing out of his dwelling to pun­ish the peo­ple of the earth for their sins. The earth will dis­close the blood shed on it; the earth will con­ceal its slain no longer.”

The na­tion will even­tu­ally be pun­ished for this sin. In­deed, no one can dis­pute that na­tions with high crime rates are cursed with non-pro­duc­tiv­ity and poverty. We must dis­pense jus­tice in or­der to de­velop and grow. NOVLETTE MY­ERS nhemy­ers@hot­mail.com un­der what cir­cum­stances the main wit­ness changed his story? Did he do so truth­fully and of his own vo­li­tion? Were there foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tions done on his fi­nances? Was he in­duced? Was he threat­ened?

It is patently ob­vi­ous that some­thing un­to­ward hap­pened in this case. The par­ties in­volved need to ex­plain why this case was so grossly mis­han­dled. SAN­DRA HAYNES Kingston 6

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