‘Storyteller’ Morrison to appeal $3-million judgement
Alleged former Shower Posse member, Richard “Storyteller” Morrison says he is disappointed with the recent judgement by the Supreme Court which rejected his claim for at least $30 million for breach of his constitutional rights and negligence, and handed him $3.3 million instead.
Commenting on the Supreme Court’s hearing which ended with the judgement on February of $3.3 million, Morrison said he was “disappointed”. He claimed that the trial was “sold out”, and insisted that he will appeal the judgement because it contravenes a Court of Appeal precedent setting case.
“I know, for a fact, that I was sold out. But, it would be interesting to know how many more Jamaicans were sold out, and from when the selling out started,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
“So I am currently working on an appeal to the Court of Appeal, because the judgement is in contravention of the Court of Appeal precedent setting case Morgan v Attorney General,” he said.
According to the trial judge, Justice J Palmer “upheld the Government of Jamaica’s ridiculous and fictitious defence, that the United States could violate the Extradition Treaty and Article III of the United States Constitution”.
“I don’t recall who was the then attorney general at the material time, but to use that defence then or now, clearly, the Government of Jamaica needs better legal advice in international matters, for example, extradition case laws in the United States,” he added.
The US had requested Morrison’s extradition in 1991 and, after the Kingston Resident Magistrate’s Court ruled in favour of the extradition order relating to his case, he was kept in custody to await surrender to the US for specific charges in the Southern District of Florida.
It was later revealed that Morrison had informed the court of his intention to appeal the extradition decision. This led to efforts by then Minister of Justice Carl Rattray to have him returned to Jamaica to fulfill his request to appeal the extradition order under the constitution. However, the US authorities rejected the request.
Morrison spent over 22 years incarcerated in the United States on charges which were different from those for which he was deported. He was deported to Jamaica in 2013 and has been seeking compensation for wrongful extradition since.
“I cannot believe that it took Justice J Palmer over 10 months just to issue a judgement in which he only parroted the Government’s position, even though their argument is in contravention of the precedent case,” Morrison said.
The Government had already agreed on a payment of $3 million to Morrison in response to his claim for $10 million each for: negligence; breach of constitutional right to liberty; and for breach of protection of the law.
He noted that after his extradition breach in his case, extradition treaty was suspended, but the treaty was reinstated after the United States promised “No Further Breach” of the treaty.
“So, what about the breach in my case? Every first-year semester law student knows that a breach contract cannot be reinstated until the breach is terminated,” Morrison responded.
“The Government cannot put back the toothpaste into the tube, the damage is already done. So, if Jamaica is to have the best judicial system in the Caribbean, in the next three years, as touted by the minister of justice, then the judicial system should start by restoring transparency, restoring integrity, restoring trust in the judges to abide by the rule of law and in precedent setting case laws,” he stated.
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