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Apr 19, 2016

Punishment May Not Fit the Crime

Leroy Banner

The next step will be mitigation pleas followed by sentencing. But here’s the thing. Under the NICH Act, Grijalva could face fines of up to ten thousand dollars. Banner says is really nothing considering the damage that was done and considering the fact that Grijalva likely made many times that amount from the contract to fix the roads using material from Noh Mul.


Leroy Banner, Representing D.P.P.’s Office

“The fine is minimal. It’s like a slap on the wrist. The company used Noh Mul to build roads, so they profited from that. So to be fined just ten thousand dollars to me doesn’t add up. The law needs to change for there to be a stiffer penalty. This was one of the hardest cases I ever prosecuted while at the D.P.P.’s Office. First of all the accused were not just ordinary businessmen. They were people that were very influential in the Orange Walk District. So getting witnesses to testify, especially Police witnesses was challenging. One of the main witnesses, the arresting officer, refused to cooperate with the prosecution. Then there were statements that were missing, caution statements that were recorded and could not be located so there were a lot of challenges on the Police’s part that they were unable or unwilling to fully support the Crown in this case.”

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4 Responses for “Punishment May Not Fit the Crime”

  1. Teddy Steinway says:

    Charge the police with obstruction of justice.

  2. Hatari says:

    This is so damn typical of the corruption of the Police Department and GOB politicians. How can a sworn police officer refuse to cooperate?! And I bet he/she is still on the job and collecting a paycheck..

  3. joee says:

    Agree, charge the police with obstruction of Justice to have all these police officers that this is not a joke. Also, proceed in raising the charge for any destruction of Maya ruins up to $100,000.00 minimum fine.

  4. Al says:

    This attitude is as surprising as guatemala rejecting our proposals.

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