1910 - Introduction to Constitutional and Administrative Law
Following a riot, a number of prisoners
at Coby Prison were subjected to a variety of sanctions as punishment for their
James, Jim and John appeared before the
Visiting Justices including the Director of the prison, (who has the charge of
the day to day running prison), accused of assaulting a prison guard. James is allowed to cross examine the prison
guards concerning his role in the riot.
However the Justices did not allow him to call his fellow inmates to
testify in his defense on the grounds that their testimony cannot be reliable.
Jim is not allowed to cross examine the
guards or call witnesses as the Justices have seen a television replay showing
Jim punching a guard. In the Justices`
view there is nothing to be said in Jim defense.
Neither James nor Jim was allowed legal
representation during the inquiry. Both
prisoners received punishment of the loss of one year remission of their
sentences. In respect to all three prisoners, the Justices issued a statement
to the effect that "we have incontrovertible evidence that the three
prisoners are guilty of the offences charged."
Additionally the Prison Director decided
to withdraw 6 months remission from Paul and Peter for failing to assist prison
officers to restore order during the riot.
Paul and Peter are permitted to speak for one minute in mitigation of
their punishment but not to challenge the assumption that they are guilty.