Privy Council Overturn Jamaican Death Row Cases on Human Rights Grounds

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Monday, November 1, 1993
On November 2, 1993, in a decision that will have legal implications in Europe, the Caribbean and the Commonwealth, seven Law Lords sitting as the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the final court of appeal for 16 Commonwealth countries, rule in favor of two Jamaicans, Mr. Earl Pratt and Mr. Ivan Morgan, who have been under sentence of death for murder since 1979. The decision to commute the sentences to life imprisonment was on the basis that it was “an inhuman act to keep a man facing the agony of execution over a long extended period of time.” This case will be long discussed and its impact will be significant…[more]