Shawn Storm’s lead attorney, Bert Samuels, argued that the misconduct centered around Llewellyn’s advice to the presiding judge to continue the trial knowing that one of the jurors was allegedly trying to bribe his colleagues “fi leggo de man dem.”
While citing transcripts from the murder trial, Samuels noted that Justice Lennox Campbell enquired of prosecutors and defence attorneys “can we possibly continue [with the trial] or bring it to an end” after learning of the alleged $500,000 bribe.
The attorney stated over the objections of defence attorneys, Llewellyn suggested that the trial continue and that the seven-member jury be given a warning about the oath they took.
Samuels also recalled that at one point Llewellyn indicated in court that it was the prosecution who would be at a disadvantage because of the alleged bribes.
“That concedes that she acknowledged that the jury is tainted and no longer independent,” the attorney charged.
“The advice that was given in itself amounted to prosecutorial misconduct,” he added.
Samuels made the assertion in the Court of Appeal yesterday morning as Shawn Storm and his mentor, dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel, began their quest to have their murder convictions and lengthy prison sentences overturned.
Vybz Kartel, whose given name is Adidja Palmer, Shawn Storm, whose given name is Shawn Campbell, and their co-convicts, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are seeking to have their 2014 convictions quashed.
They were convicted of killing Clive Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew in August 2011.
Shawn Storm and Vybz Kartel were convicted in 2014, along with Kahira Jones and Andre St John, for killing Clive Williams at a house in Havendale, St Andrew in August 2011.
They were given the mandatory life sentences with Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, ordered to serve 35 years before he is eligible for parole.
Shawn Storm, whose real name is Shawn Campbell, Jones and St John were ordered to serve 25 years before they become eligible for parole.