Two authors familiar to Cayman Islands folks are launching his new book in Jamaica next month.
Justice Seymour Panton, president of Jamaica’s Court of Appeal will be the guest speaker when Howard Hamilton, Q.C. and Adam McIntyre jointly launch their new books on 14 November at the Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica. Both books, Hamilton’s “Born to Defend” and McIntyre’s “Understanding the Criminal,” have been receiving accolades from a wide cross-section of the Caribbean community, and are welcome additions to the libraries in regional tertiary institutions. Both authors attribute their inspiration “to write” to a chance encounter they had with each other in Cayman.
Howard Hamilton, O.C. is one of Jamaica’s most noted criminal defence attorneys and former a public defender, whose 50 year legal career took him across the 14 parishes of Jamaica as well as the wider Caribbean. Howard Hamilton is well-known within the Cayman Islands because he has been representing clients here for more than 40 years.
In his new book, aptly titled “Born to Defend”, in characteristically inimitable, engaging style, Hamilton recounts some of his most memorable cases with modesty and humour, including extracts from his 73 consecutive acquittals, partnering with Patrick Atkinson, Q.C., Jamaica’s attorney general. “Born to Defend” is a sterling legacy to Caribbean jurisprudence, and young law students as well as seasoned legal luminaries regard the book as a great legacy to the legal profession.
Poet and playwright
Adam McIntyre is a veteran correctional officer, a teacher, a playwright, a poet who has served as a prison education coordinator for almost 20 years in Her Majesty’s Prison at Northward in Grand Cayman. He is the pioneer of several novel prison rehabilitation initiatives, including sending inmates, for the first time to sit GCE and GED exams, achieving a 100 per cent pass rate. His considerable experience in the justice system includes what he terms “A Wonderfully Mischievous Mishap”. In intriguingly riveting detail, Mr. McIntyre shares the unvarnished truth about the way criminals think of mainstream society.
As he said, he offers “an unsolicited guided tour around the fortified compound of the criminals mind.” For anyone who truly wants to address issues of crime, from politicians to parents, “Understanding the Criminal” is a priceless resource, and has been doing well in Cayman and the United States. It will soon be available in all the Caribbean islands.
After graduating from West Indies College, now Northern Caribbean University, Mr. McIntyre taught in four schools in Jamaica before undertaking graduate and post graduate studies in community service and social science at International College of the Cayman Islands and Syracuse University in New York, respectively.
Mr. McIntyre says he believes that the job of a correctional officer requires specialised skills, and has always sought to improve his skills by pursuing several certificate courses, a supervisory management course at the University of the West Indies.
At the moment, Mr. McIntyre is programme coordinator for the Department of Community Rehabilitation. A Cayman book launch is being planned for later this month.