Editorial for 26 June: Five-year crawl through the courts

The administration of justice within the Cayman Islands
should not be held up.

Justice delayed is justice denied. 

The Caymanian Compass can’t accept that prosecuting Margaret
Arnis McLaughlin on charges of selling a lottery ticket took nearly five years.

That allegation against Ms McLaughlin – going back to
September 2008 – was resolved earlier this month, June 2013 … with a $250
fine.

While undertaking this investigation, an undercover police
officer went to a local grocery store to make a “test purchase”, apparently
involving the sale of one $10 ticket.

Setting aside other issues raised in our article on this matter, we really must question whether this
case was handled within an acceptable time frame by the criminal justice system. 

If the law enforcement authorities in these islands really
want to go after illegal gambling, they’re going to have to ensure the swift
and correct administration of justice in such cases. One of the major downfalls
of efforts to police requirements of the National Pensions Law has been the
time and expense involved in taking these cases to court – sometimes for little
or no result.

Also, the net must be cast equitably. You could probably
throw a rock standing in the centre of George Town and hit somebody that’s
involved in the “numbers” game. So, police must have the resources to go after
anyone and everyone – not arbitrarily pick whom to enforce the law against.

 

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