Lawyer Manley: Supreme Defence

Volume Two


Jackie Ranston

How does Garvey, the layman, shape up to Manley, the lawman, when Garvey defends himself in a suit of alleged libel? The paths of the two future fellow national heroes, Norman Manley and Marcus Garvey, cross several times and the pair nearly come to blows when Manley asks Garvey to "step outside" in Supreme Defence, the second volume in the series devoted to the legal life of the Rt Excellent Norman Manley, QC, MM.

Featuring selected cases from 1927 to 1934 Supreme Defence evolves around the days of the great King Street retail stores and a series of what Manley describes as "silly Syrian quarrels". But to the Issas, Hannas and Seagas, it was "business" and each would rush to retain Manley before the other had the opportunity to do so. A not-so-silly Syrian affair was what became known as the Alexander murder trial which put Manley on top of all the barristers then practising in Jamaica. Elias and Mary Alexander lived at Weblyn on the Constant Spring Road. One night Mary filled a wash basin with water, sat on the edge of the bed and washed her husband's feet before kissing him goodnight. Two hours later Elias Alexander had two bullet holes in his neck. The police reports noted that the house had been locked by the servants from the inside and showed no signs of forced entry; nothing was touched, nothing was stolen. Mary Alexander and her brother, Mansour Wheby, were arrested and charged with murder -- Manley was retained to defend them. The following year Manley was made a King's Counsel. Congratulations were quick to follow with the Gleaner reporting that Manley "has had to run away from cases flocking on him; he is going to have a rest and a change in the country". Only Manley knew the real reason for his self- imposed exile . . .

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations viii
  • Table of Cases x
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgements xxiii
  • Series Introduction xxv
  • I - First Time Up 1
  • 2 - A Litigious Charmer 13
  • 3 - A Chinese Controversy 21
  • 4 - An East Indian Affair 33
  • 5 - A Soap Opera 41
  • 6 - This Land is My Land 47
  • 7 - Money by Menaces 59
  • 8 - Of 'Panya Jar' and Drop Pan 65
  • 9 - Motor Madness 71
  • 10 - Compelling Evidence 79
  • 11 - A Rum Letter 91
  • 12 - Cutting the Cotta 95
  • 13 - The Spalding Murder Trial Part 1 the Bowden Hill Tragedy 103
  • 14 - The Spalding Murder Trial Part 2 Message from the Grave 125
  • 15 - "Re Garvey: I Am of the Opinion . . ." 141
  • 16 - The Louise Walker Murder Trial Murder Between Intimates 149
  • 17 - Ksac Under Fire 181
  • Notes 185
  • References 195
  • Index 199
  • Lawyer Manley: Supreme Defence 207
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