It is 2019 and Vybz Kartel fans are the happiest people on the planet. For those fans that are not the happiest right now, they are at least cautiously optimistic.
This is the year when the man who many dancehall fans consider the greatest ever could be walking out of prison as a free man. It is now just a matter of days before the man who is not only the self-proclaimed king of the dancehall but many fans agree, will know his fate.
Kartel who is serving a life sentence for murder and cannot be paroled until serving 35 years of that sentence will get the result of his appeal this year.
Vybz Kartel’s legal team made up of Tom Tavares-Finson, Valerie Neita Robertson and Bert Samuels filed numerous motions in July of 2019 outlining why they believe the artiste should be free.
According to the document submitted, the attorneys argue that the trial judge, Justice Lennox Campbell, erred in admitting contaminated cellphone evidence and there was more than reasonable doubt about the phones’ integrity.
It is also argued that Justice Campbell erred in admitting video evidence which was highly prejudicial and, of little, if any, probative value. By so doing, he invited the jury to speculate about the contents of the video and any possible linkages to Vybz Kartel, thereby compounding the prejudice and denying him a fair trial.
The document further stated that Justice Campbell gave inadequate directions in respect to the law of interference or to apply the law relating to it, thereby denying the jury appropriate tools to enable a fair and balanced assessment to the case.
Vybz Kartel whose given name is Adidja Palmer is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams.