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Maycock’s Extradition Adjourned Again

Melvin Maycock Sr. along with his son Melvin Jr. and several others will have to wait a bit longer before their extradition hearing gets underway.

Prosecutors in the southern district of Florida requested that the 14 men be extradited to the United States to answer several drug charges there.

The Bahama Journal understands that request was made back in 2004.

The hearing was scheduled initially for May 31st before Senior Supreme Court Justice Jon Isaacs however that the matter did not proceed because the attorneys did not have transcripts.

In court on Thursday, the attorneys – J. Henry Bostwick, Desmond Banister, Dion Smith who was holding for Roger Gomez and Murrio Ducille – who represent the accused men, said they were still in the same position and had not yet received transcripts.

Mr. Banister said he had received a rough copy of the transcripts from the Attorney General’s Office.

He noted however that it was a lot to go through.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Franklyn Williams, told Justice Isaacs that he made some copies and will seek to get them to all the attorneys involved.

After the proceedings, Mr. Williams spoke to the Journal about the absence of transcripts in general and how it is affecting the criminal justice system.

“I can not speak officially for our office but I feel the attorney general herself has taken steps to have transcripts forwarded to the appellate court on a timely basis,” he said.

“I think among those steps involves movement in the office which provides transcript and at least one appointment the focus of which is to solely work on the immediate provision of transcripts.”

The deputy DPP was also asked if magistrates are causing the delays with provisions of transcripts.

“It may not necessarily be the magistrates because at the end of the day the court reporters in their offices are responsible for the provision of transcripts,” he said.

The matter has now been set for June 20 at 10:00 a.m.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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