UPDATED April 27, 2013: Lawyer Mark Goodridge named Queen’s Counsel
“The honour which you have garnered has come at the price of your continued respect of the court system in which you work and of which you have been officers since the date of your admission to practise law,” Sir Marston told them.
“Those junior to you in years called, and in years born, will look to you for guidance and leadership. They must continue to receive it and to see it demonstrated, not only in your words, but in your actions, particularly in your respect for Her Majesty’s judges and her courts,” he said.
And with the words: “May I invite you to take your seat at the Inner Bar?”Sir Marston welcomed Deputy Solicitor General Donna Brathwaite, Speaker of Parliament Michael Carrington, Brian Clarke, Stephen Farmer, Hal Gollop, Mark Goodridge, Deputy Clerk of Parliament Nigel Jones, Milton Pierce and Stephen Walcott as new QCs.
Full story at The Nation Show Respect to Judges
BFP’s original story first published October 16, 2006…
Barbados Police Issue “Wanted Man” Alert For Attorney Mark Winston Goodridge
Excerpts From The Nation News (link here)…
POLICE LAST NIGHT issued a “Wanted Man” release for a 53-year-old attorney-at-law.
Mark Winston Goodridge, of Cattlewash, St Joseph, is wanted for questioning in connection with the report alleging the beating of a 15-year-old boy in Highgate Gardens, St Michael, on October 6.
Police are also seeking the assistance of a male member of Goodridge’s family for questioning about the same matter.
Police sources told the DAILY NATION last night detectives were unable to locate Goodridge over the weekend …
Investigations into the Highgate Gardens incident were reopened last weekend after the SATURDAY SUN published a story and photograph which involved the family of the 15-year-old boy crying racism and charging that the Wildey, St Michael youth was so badly beaten about the face they could not recognise him.
Police have charged the youngster with unlawful possession of a scissors and trespassing in the upscale St Michael neighbourhood.
He has been remanded to the Government Industrial School for having the scissors but the trespassing charge was dismissed.
… Since the incident was publicised, there has been a public outcry about the allegations, which also included one that the boy was referred to as a “black nigger”.
Our Take On This Story: More Questions Than Answers Right Now
Race and racial issues are never far from the surface in Barbados – as is the case with any nation where black slavery shaped so much of the history and culture. Every business deal, social outing or meeting on the street has a racial context whether in the mind or not. Say what you like, race is a part of our social-consciousness and a reality of living in our country.
It is no surprise then, that this story of a dark-skinned young man beaten by an upper-class light-skinned lawyer is much more about race than any crime. The comments on this blog are divided with some already pronouncing “racism” as the motive for the beating and others questioning what the young man was doing in the community. (As if a dark-skinned average citizen shouldn’t be walking on a public road in certain areas.)
I am no lawyer, but the most telling point from the above story is that trespassing charges have been dropped against the young man.
This is very important, because whatever happened is now seen to be in the context of a young dark-skinned man apparently lawfully walking in an upper-class community that has a heavy dose of light-skinned residents.
So Much Not Known
What did the young man do that the police have charged him with carrying scissors in his backpack? Did he threaten anyone with them? Scissors hardly seem a decent tool for breaking into a home, but they can be an effective weapon.
Shona has a pair of scissors in her bag at this very minute – along with all kinds of mysterious womany things. Could my wife be charged for having scissors as a weapon? I doubt it unless there was something more than just having the scissors in her bag.
Does The Young Man Have A Reputation For Trouble? I Don’t Think It Matters Much
Whether the young man has a record or reputation for trouble might be an issue – but only regarding his credibility. Even if he had a record for breaking into houses, that doesn’t justify a beating. Even if he was found breaking into a home, that alone doesn’t justify a brutal beating.
Was he just walking along, minding his own business – perhaps just looking at the rich man’s home and dreaming that if he worked hard he could one day own such a home? Was he stalking the community for an evil purpose?
Did the light-skinned lawyer become violent just to see a dark-skinned person near his home? Or did he call out to the young man only to be met with scissors? Was the young man the victim or the attacker?
Did the light-skinned lawyer truly call the young man a “black-nigger” as stated in the Nation News? If he did, and it can be proven he did, things will go hard for the lawyer – as it should in that case. Even if the lawyer was the original victim under attack, such a racial statement shows an intent and attitude that might be responsible for a response that was far over what would have been acceptable.
And why has the lawyer and his “male relative” (son? brother? father?) gone to ground? Looks bad.
So Much Unknown – I’ll Leave It To The Police & Courts
… But you can bet that this case will be a major focus of attention in Barbados for a long time.