Judging from the explosion of
responses and debate over our front page story last Friday ‘Dozens of crimes
not prosecuted’, we appear to have touched a bit of a nerve within the local
criminal justice community.
We’re glad of the opportunity for
public debate on the subject and for the efforts of local attorney Peter Polack
in bringing it to the fore.
We’re also glad that Solicitor
General Cheryll Richards took the time to pen a statement on the matter, which
added value to the debate – even if that missive did wrongly and unfairly
accuse this newspaper of “bringing the Cayman Islands criminal justice system
If one writes such stories
questioning the status quo, one must be ready for the response.
However, we will not belabour what
are essentially side issues with regard to this matter of 43 criminal cases
(and two traffic tickets) that were not brought within statutory time
What we at the Caymanian Compass –
and presumably Mr. Polack as well – would like someone in the criminal justice
system to answer is this: What were the specific reasons each of these 43
criminal cases were not brought within statutory time frames?
There are a number of reasons – all
perfectly acceptable – that these cases might not have been brought within the
six-month time frame. There are also some other reasons that might not be so acceptable.
However, no one – at least to this
point – has been able to explain the particular circumstances of each case.
Additional open records requests have been filed seeking a further explanation.
We hope those are answered to the fullest of government’s ability to do so.
Don’t get us wrong, there is
absolutely no reason to release any personal details of those who have merely
been accused of crimes to fulfil this request.
The details of what transpired is
what matters, not who was accused of any wrong-doing. And we believe an
explanation is owed to the public.