Guilty plea appeal

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Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn is urging defence attorneys to encourage more of their clients to take advantage of provisions in law by pleading guilty ahead of trial in order to benefit from significant discounts in their sentences.

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Dad dead; son on the run

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Police here are probing the parish’s first murder since the start of 2020 and have launched a manhunt for a man who is accused of fatally chopping his 63-year-old father in the community of New Green on Monday nightThe deceased, Pansford Thompson, otherwise called “Pops”, was described by residents as a loving, caring and peaceful man.

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Defence lawyers accuse Crown of unfairness

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DEFENCE lawyers yesterday accused the Crown of unfairness as they began submissions in the Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud case, which has been going on for seven months.Parish Judge Ann Marie Grainger began hearing submissions on Monday, and so far has heard from four of the five lawyers representing the eight people accused of conspiring to defraud the Manchester Municipal Corporation of approximately $400 million.

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6.4 quake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

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GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of people fled their homes on Puerto Rico’s south-west coast yesterday after a 10-day string of earthquakes crescendoed in a powerful magnitude-6.4 temblor that crushed an elderly man, injured at least eight other people, and sent buildings tumbling to the ground.

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Hiccups in traffic ticket system being addressed

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VICE-CHAIRMAN of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) Dr Lucien Jones says significant improvements have been made to the road traffic ticketing system, including gaps that caused the system to reflect thousands of outstanding tickets.“When you get a ticket, you pay at the tax office and that information is transmitted by the police to the court office. There was a problem there, which has, in large part, been solved.

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Baby Saebreon ‘doing fine’

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With the one-year anniversary of the theft of baby Saebreon Hutton approaching, his parents are trying to bury the memory of the terrible ordeal even as he celebrates his first birthday today.Saebreon was snatched from Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston on January 9, 2019 mere hours after he entered the world.

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Iran fires ‘more than a dozen’ missiles at US forces in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP ) — Iran fired “more than a dozen” ballistic missiles yesterday against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said.

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Lawyers cites need for mentorship of younger lawyers

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WHILE the Office of Public Prosecutions is working assiduously to dispose of matters before the court in a timely manner, defence attorney Peter Champagnie is calling for increased mentorship, especially for younger members of the private bar.

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‘I’m no hypocrite’

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Firebrand Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western Dr Dayton Campbell yesterday brushed aside claims of hypocrisy following his reappointment to the roster of spokespersons in the Opposition led by Dr Peter Phillips, whom he bitterly opposed in last September’s People’s National Party (PNP) leadership contest.

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‘Admit Until Date’ indicates length of authorised US stay

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Q: Recently, I travelled to the United States and was given an “Admit Until Date”. What does this mean, and what is the difference between the “Admit Until Date” and my visa expiration date? 

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