Local Attorney Joins Legal Team for Slain Jamaican

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News Release: Associated Press
September 1, 2014

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- A local civil rights lawyer says she is volunteering her time to help represent relatives of a Jamaican man who died after a beating in an island lockup.

Jasmine Rand is an attorney who heads the civil rights department for Florida law firm Parks & Crump. She was one of the attorneys representing the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

At a Monday press conference in Kingston, Rand said her pro bono work will bring "resources" and "legal strategies" to the Jamaican legal team.

Lead attorney Michael Lorne says he is seeking justice for relatives of Mario Deane, who died on Aug. 6 after he was beaten in a lockup.

Two inmates have been charged with Deane's death. But Lorne asserts the death resulted from police brutality or misconduct.

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