Rawlston Pompey 

GUN CRIMES – A PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE – PART I

It is undeniable that the ‘Gun Culture’ has pervaded many of the ‘Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).’ Occurring with frightening regularity, have been shootings that speak to recklessness and killings that are capable of being deemed senseless. Many will have seen communities reduced to societal lawlessness, with countable crime scenes of ‘adult males and females; …young men and women –some innocent and some not-so-innocent.’ This article looks specifically at homicides in two ‘OECS-St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.’ It also looks briefly at the Judiciary and…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: Barbuda – Hurricane Irma – Aftermath

by: RAWLSTON POMPEY The chain of islands comprising ‘CARICOM and OECS,’ is not only geographically and historically linked, but also culturally, economically and politically bonded. The combined population is estimated to be ‘600, 000 people. For reasons of impinging influences on ‘practice, culture and custom,’ these have invariably provoked chagrin in conservative and conscious-minded people. They not only boasted some of the world’s finest and alluring white, black and pink sand beaches, but also the same weather conditions. Basking in constant sunshine, and cooled by gentle breeze blowing off the…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: GUN CRIMES – STIFFER PENALTIES

BY: RAWLSTON POMPEY Appearing to spread across the region, gun crimes have not only occupied the attention of victims, citizens and law enforcement, but also public officials. For this reason the administration of justice has often come under public scrutiny. Thus, when criminals of illegal gun possession or gun-related are convicted crimes appeared to have been capitalizing on penalties appearing ‘pregnant with leniency or decisions capable of being deemed perverse,’ these have not only provoked public indignation, but also public dissent. Consequently the effectiveness of agencies charged with social control,…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

Commentary: ELI FULLER – THROUGH HIS EYES

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY In the season of “…Peace; …goodwill and good cheer,” people were seen to be promoting “…ill-will; …animosity and disharmony in the society.” Not infrequently, bigots have sought vain glory. Lest one provoked the ire in “…Antiguan and Barbudan-born Eli Fuller” he/she better not offer “…Entrepreneurial Advice” to “…Black Antiguans and Barbudans.” Even so, one may have to tread cautiously, since anyone urging “…indigenous people” to seek capital for investment, that they may be self-empowered, while helping to stimulate economic growth. Even as many citizens have welcomed the “…encouragement…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: Joanne Massiah – Tenure of Turbulence

RAWLSTON POMPEY, In man’s adventurism, many have narrowly escaped danger or had run from danger, be it natural and man-made. As much as humans have consciously and calculatedly flirted with danger, they also know that such flirtation comes with consequences. Yet, in spite of obvious perils, the adventurous have often made “…Choices; …Taken chances, then ran from Consequences.” To say that is not the nature of man, is to say that on earth, there is everlasting life. However, the frequency of funerals, make any such thought or belief utterly and…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

Commentary: Pleas of Guilt – Convictions Without Trials

by RAWLSTON POMPEY The frequency with which accused persons have been entering “…Pleas of Guilty,” may have many reasons. While the frequently influenced “…Self-Conviction Plea” is optional, many accused persons will have found punishment inescapable. Further, while it is not removed from normal legal practice, in entering such plea many accused persons will have “…waived their right to full trial.” Thus, they will have secured “…Trial-less Convictions,” for the Prosecution, while registering antecedents that may not be easily expunged from the records. Though anxieties and frustration often induced irrationality, “…Pleas…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) – Counting Down

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY As far as regional integration is concerned, there has been a long and painful history. A conceptualized idea proposed by Jamaica, saw signatory States agreeing to the establishment of the “…Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).” Then by mutual agreement, each has made declarations to comply with the “…General undertaking.” Rules were carefully and purposefully crafted as contained in the “…Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas” [Bahamas: July 5, 2001]. The rules provide for the establishment of the ‘CCJ’ to serve in two jurisprudential capacities, (i) “…an Original Jurisdiction; and…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

Pass it or Resign – Disobey and Pay

When the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) attained political independence, the constitutional arrangements provided each with a titular head of State. An established democratic system was activated to provide for the functions of “…an Executive; …Legislature and a Judiciary.” These governmental machineries not only allow for “…well-organized and orderly societies, but also good governance.” The legislative arm allows for the enactment of laws for the control of man and his society through the “…Rule of Law.” In spite of these mechanisms, members of civil society continue to encounter difficulties….

Read More
Politics Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: Breach of Trust – Breach of Security or Criminality?

By: RAWLSTON POMPEY There comes a time when the leadership of an institution is placed under public and official scrutiny. Dependent upon its responsibilities, such leadership shall pass the litmus test. Invariably, such test has been the result of “…waning confidence; …breach of trust; …inefficiency…action or inaction of personnel and the behavior of its organization. It may have been one or more of these reasons, that national attention has been placed on the “…Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPAB) and the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (ABDF). In…

Read More
Columns Rawlston Pompey 

COMMENTARY: The Day the Tabernacle Shook

The day the Rowan Henry Street Tabernacle of the Church of God of Prophecy (COGOP) shook, was the day one of its pastors Foster Pryce delivered a “…soul-stirring, searching, piercing and cleansing message. It was delivered with spiritual passion and directed to the pastoral leadership and congregants [July 31, 2016]. It was more than an awakening.” He had ignited a spiritual fire and none was to escape its flame. It was the weekend when many enthusiasts, patrons and visitors had participated and reveled in the national carnival festivities. In the…

Read More