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Missing transcripts, late filings delay appeals

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 17, 2013

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The Court of Appeal was unable to hear two appeals due to missing transcripts or the late filing of arguments yesterday.

Roger Gomez Jr., who represents drug convicts Lameko Simmons and Bentley Simmons, said he was unable to file his arguments in time for the hearing because he received the transcripts late.

Gomez said he was in an attempted murder trial that just concluded before Justice Roy Jones.

Sandra Dee Gardiner, who appeared for the Crown along with Abigail Farrington, said she still did not have the transcripts.

Both men are serving sentences of three years on a charge of drug possession with intent to supply.

The appeal is now set for May 27.

The appeal of Everette Strachan III against a gun possession conviction was put off until June 6 because the prosecution had not given its response to his arguments.

Strachan, who is representing himself, said he was not prepared without first reviewing the prosecution’s arguments.

Gardiner, who also appeared in that appeal, submitted her arguments to the court on May 15, but did not have them served on the appellant at the prison.

Court President Anita Allen said, “If this happens one more time, I’m going to blow a fuse.”

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