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NCJ Number: NCJ 187012     Find in a Library
Title: Case Study: The Pamela Ramjattan Case--Will Gender Bias in a Death Penalty Case Save a Women from the Gallows in the English-Speaking Caribbean?
Author(s): Leonard E. Birdsong
  Editor(s): Mahesh K. Nalla
  Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:24  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2000  Pages:125 to 134
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 10
  Annotation: This article explores the question of gender bias with respect to the imposition of the death penalty in the Caribbean in relation to the case study of Pamela Ramjattan.
Abstract: The article explores gender bias with respect to the female death penalty debate in the English-speaking Caribbean Nation of Trinidad and Tobago by presenting a case study of Indravani Pamela Ramjattan. The Privy Council remanded her case to the Trinidad Court of Appeal. A decision in her favor could set a regional precedent which would, for the time, allow women in the English-speaking Caribbean to present evidence related to Battered Spouse Syndrome. Trinidad and Tobago is the only Nation, in the almost 20 Nations in the Caribbean, to have any women on death row. Ms. Ramjattan was convicted for the murder of her husband. Her case gained international attention and support from women’s groups who speak out on behalf of battered women. Although there is popular support throughout the English-speaking Caribbean for the imposition of the death penalty, public sentiment in Trinidad and Tobago, regarding the hanging of a female, may prove to be very unpopular for the present government. There appears to be gender bias against enforcing the death penalty against women in Trinidad. The outcome of the Pamela Ramjattan case is still unknown. If the Court of Appeal sustains Ms. Ramjattan’s original death sentence, the Panday Government can hold off issuing her death warrant. Once 5 years has elapsed from her original conviction, the death sentence will automatically be stayed. Notes
Main Term(s): Capital punishment
Index Term(s): Case studies ; Judicial decisions ; Judicial review ; Death row inmates ; Battered woman syndrome ; Male female offender comparisons ; Gender issues
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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