Bar association renews concerns after judge orders social media blackout in X6 murder case

McGregor: The constitutional right to freedom of expression, and the right to criticise our public institutions, belong to us all as citizens in this democratic society. The Jamaican Bar Association is renewing what it calls longstanding concerns about the deficiencies in the justice system and the responsible exercise of freedom of expression. The concerns coincide with this week’s ruling by high court judge Lloyd Hibbert for a social media blackout in the so called X6 murder case. The judge made the ruling after Deborah Martin, the lawyer for accused killer Patrick Powell complained that a series of social media comments was making out her client to be guilty. READ: Judge orders removal of social media content in X6 murder case IN PHOTO: Deborah Martin This afternoon, the…

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