UK Judge Reprimanded For Snide Comment On Immigrants

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CaribWorldNews, LONDON, England, Weds. May 19, 2010: A U.K. judge who described UK immigration policy as `completely lax` during the sentencing of a Jamaican migrant, has been disciplined.

Judge Ian Trigger`s comments at the trial of Jamaican Lucien McClearley last year triggered an investigation and this week, a rebuke.

Last July, Trigger reportedly told McClearley, who was sentenced for two years after admitting possessing cannabis and cocaine, having a fake passport and taking a vehicle without consent: `Your case illustrates all too clearly the completely lax immigration policy that exists and has existed over recent years in this country.

`People like you, and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of thousands of people like you, come to these shores from foreign countries to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits that exist here.`

This week, the Office for Judicial Complaints concluded that the judge`s comments `represented an inappropriate judicial intervention in the political process.`

In a statement, the Office said the judge had been given `formal advice` and his comments were `wholly unrelated to any of the issues which arose for consideration in his sentencing decision.`

 

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