It is no secret BU has developed a good relationship with some members of the legal fraternity. Today’s Sunday Sun reports that former CJ Sir David Simmons plans to reveal ‘shocking’ details about the refusal of the government to extend his tenure has prompted a ‘BU Op-ed’ from one of our legal sources.
Former Chief Justice of Barbados Sir David Simmons has broken his silence and in an interview reported in today’s Sunday Sun, “is promising to reveal “SHOCKING” details of the Government’s refusal to extend his tenure as the Island’s top judicial officer two years ago “.
In addition, Sir David has promised he would “soon tell all to the nation regarding the decision to turn down his request “. He is further quoted as threatening: “When I reveal all the facts in due course after the inquiry, I promise that it will be clear that it was a political decision. I have a lot more to say and documents to produce that will shock the people of this country .”
This new stand about to be taken by Simmons is both surprising and shocking for the following reasons:
After a period of relative silence, he has now resurrected the issue of his appointment which was opposed by ALL REASONABLE INDEPENDENT PERSONS as an appointment that should never have taken place given his political involvement.
It is utterly amazing that a former Chief Justice would seek to jettison the HALLOWED LEGAL PRINCIPLE that you do not attack ANYBODY WHEN HE DOES NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DEFEND HIMSELF. It would seem that Sir David has waited until Mr Thompson was a SAFE DISTANCE AWAY AND UNABLE TO SPEAK IN REBUTTAL TO LAUNCH AN ASSAULT.
I clearly remember that in an interview with the same NATION NEWSPAPER, Sir David Simmons towards the end of his tenure, when asked about his judicial future said , among other things , he was tired and needed a rest; he wanted to be in a position to give assistance to his daughter who was in the practice of law; he wanted to do some writing. When asked by the interviewer if he had sought an extension, HE REFUSED TO SAY. I recall too that the said edition of the NATION was held up by Prime Minister Stuart in the Parliament and made a document of the House. Is Sir David now prepared to have the whole of Barbados consider him as being DISINGENUOUS?
Can you imagine that a former Chief Justice would threaten to PRODUCE DOCUMENTS to support a PERSONAL agenda he is pursuing? One wonders if there are OFFICIAL STATE DOCUMENTS AMONG THEM . The mind boggles. One thing has come to light from this threatened expose'; DAVID SIMMONS IS A BITTER MAN. HE HAS SUFFERED A HUGE DENT TO HIS PRIDE. But he has made a FUNDAMENTAL MISTAKE; HE HAS RETURNED TO THE BATTLEFIELD FROM WHENCE HE CAME, THE POLITICAL BATTLEFIELD.
That being the case, he must know that he can expect no mercy from the man at the head of the other army nor his troops. DAVID SIMMONS HAS EXPOSED HIS HAND . HE HAS PROBABLY TAKEN THE MOST INJUDICIOUS STEP HE HAS EVER TAKEN IN HIS PROFESSIONAL LIFE. HISTORY WILL BE LEFT TO JUDGE HIM.