|Bodie threatened with imprisonment|
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Jun 26, 2012
Popular talk show host Orland Bodie Jr. has been called to appear before Supreme Court Justice Stephen Isaacs under threat of imprisonment over comments he is alleged to have made against the judge on his show ‘Real Talk Live’ on More 94.9FM in the matter of Stephen Dwight Stubbs.
The judge will consider tomorrow whether to commit Bodie to Her Majesty’s Prisons “for several contempts in publishing on his program on June 21 and 22, 2012, disparaging remarks directed toward Mr. Justice Stephen Isaacs during the course of his deliberations in the matter of Stephen Dwight Stubbs et al.”
But Bodie said in an affidavit, “At no time during any of the shows referred to above did I make any sort of disparaging or other negative remarks about Mr. Justice Stephen Isaacs or any other justice of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
“At no time during any of the shows referred to above did I refer to a pending criminal case or any other matter/s involving Stephen Dwight Stubbs.”
Bodie said that during the show on June 21 a caller spoke about the length of time cases were being called over and set for trial years after the alleged events occurred.
“I did make reference to matters which were reported in The Nassau Guardian of that day about cases being called over to 2013 — no more, no less.”
Bodie also said in the affidavit that he and Justice Isaacs are long-time acquaintances and he would never in any way, shape or form disparage or lambast him or any other judge or magistrate.
“At no time did I suggest that I knew of anything untoward about or towards Mr. Justice Stephen Isaacs adjudicating on any matters involving [Stubbs], whom I do not know...”
Bodie has invited the judge to listen to the tapes of both shows to make a determination.
“If I have caused any degree of embarrassment or umbrage to the learned justice, whom I respect to the maximum, inadvertently or otherwise, I profusely apologize and undertake to make immediate my public position on the same via my radio talk show, in any way, shape or form requested by this court or the justice himself,” Bodie said.
He added that the alleged remarks were “bogusly imputed to me” and asked the court to dimiss the mater in good faith.
The notice of motion said the grounds for the application against Bodie are that the alleged remarks were intended to impede or prejudice the administration of justice in connection with the trial and to scandalize the court.
The notice of motion said the court intends to use in support of this application tapes of ‘Real Talk Live’ from June 21 and 22.