Move to block clergyman’s trial
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Lawyers representing controversial clergyman, Rev. Al Miller have gone to the Supreme Court to challenge the decision by a magistrate not to withdraw from presiding over the pastor’s pending trial later this month.
Miller was arrested and charged last June with perverting the course of justice and harbouring a fugitive after he was found in the company of former Tivoli Gardens-based fugitive Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke who at the time was on the run from the security forces.
A Jamaica Observer report said that Miller is to face trial on March 23, but the proceeding could be stalled due to the challenge against Magistrate Georgianna Fraser.
The clergyman’s legal team is expected to seek an order blocking the trial, pending the outcome of the matter in the High Court.
The motion for leave for Judicial Review was filed last Friday by attorney Wentworth Charles in the Supreme Court, however, no date has been set for the hearing.
Charles had said that he would be challenging the validity of the warrant signed for Miller’s arrest and as such thought that it would be appropriate if the matter was heard by another judge, as Fraser was the magistrate who had signed the warrant.
Miller has also been charged for negligence after he left his firearm in his vehicle and returned to find it stolen.
That case was put off until May 19 when he appeared in court Monday. (CMC)