Magistrate hits out at reaction to his ruling over Harvard professor
Antigua Observer - almost 6 years
HAMILTON, Bermuda, May 4, CMC — Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner has hit out over media reports which triggered controversy over his decision not to fine or jail a Harvard professor for importing cannabis into the country.
Warner, a Barbadian, also criticised lawyer and opposition legislator Mark Pettingill for speaking out against his award of a conditional discharge against Mey Akashah, an American who was caught with six grams of the drug at L.F. Wade International Airport.
Warner’s remarks came as he fined an American tourist US$4,000 for importing cannabis and a pipe into the island, found in his room on the Norwegian Star cruise ship.
At one stage, Warner suggested he should jail Robert Gimach over the offence, and the culprit was warned he could face a fine of up to US$500,000 for possessing the smoking equipment.
To the relief of Gimach and his wife, the eventual punishment was two fines of US$1,000 for importing cannabis and cannabis resin, and a further fine of...
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