Wednesday, June 11, 2008

BC Rail prosecution a travesty

The BC Rail corruption trial grows more surreal - and more remote from justice as most us understand it - with each passing month. And there have been a lot of them - 53 months since the raid on the legislature.

The Crown is fighting to keep the defence lawyers from hearing the evidence of informant. The B.C. Supreme Court justice hearing the case ruled the defence lawyers had a right to be present; the Crown prosecutor has challenged the ruling in the B.C. Appeal Court and has vowed to continue to the Supreme Court of Canada. (Money is no object, when taxpayers are signing the cheques.)

The case has long past the point at which it is bringing the entire justice system into disrepute, with much of the responsibility falling on the prosecutors.

Bill Tieleman - as always - has excellent updates on the latest hearings.

4 comments:

Bill Tieleman said...

Thanks very much for your kind comments Paul! It is quite the case!

Anonymous said...

I agree with you wholeheartedly Paul.

We have seen the RCMP and the Special Prosecutor say to the Appeal Court, "just trust us", without any evidence or details to back them up. Giving the many troubling actions the RCMP have been involved with, I hope that the Appeal Court makes a sound decision.

I trust that John Les will be carefully watching what transpires here.

Anonymous said...

PW wrote: "The case has long past the point at which it is bringing the entire justice system into disrepute, with much of the responsibility falling on the prosecutors."

A cynic would say 'that is exactly the point'... get the case dismissed by the defence for undue delay - sweep this little mess under the carpet.

Gazetteer said...

Anon-Above.

Not sure you have to be a cynic to come to that conclusion.

Instead, all you have to have been doing is (to rip-off Mr. Willcocks) 'paying attention'.

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