One of the crime scenes

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Who could have guessed, but according to Neal Hall, who apparently was actually there, writing in the Vancouver Sun

The pre-trial proceedings involving three former B.C. government aides accused of corruption has been adjourned until Jan. 28.

The matter was briefly in court Monday, when B.C. Supreme Court Justice " blah, blah, blah, etc.....snip

...."The defence position is the documents should be disclosed because the judge has found that they were relevant to the case."

The most interesting statement to this observer was that also according to Mr. Hall, Justice Bennett, who has convened these parties for twenty minutes here, five minutes there, countless times in the early part of this millennium, apparently told everybody to be ready on January 28, because:

....she is prepared to "sit as long as we need to" on Jan. 28 and 29 to resolve all the disclosure issues before the trial starts.

In other words bring sandwiches and sleeping bags gang. Well, maybe I'm reading too much into her statement. She has often said how seriously the court takes these issues and how forthwith she expects them to be addressed - generally just before adjourning again for a week or a month or more.

Somebody is showing contempt for the court in my opinion, perhaps they could be kept overnight in lockup to help encourage progress in dealing with these issues. I doubt if I would be allowed to withhold documents and otherwise obstruct the progress of a criminal case for four years without getting to stay at the crowbar B & B.

NDP Justice Critic Leonard Krog had this to say.

"The government's position asserting solicitor-client privilege I don't find acceptable,

The taxpayers paid for those legal opinions. Claiming solicitor-client privilege is ridiculous at this stage."

If the Campbell Government has nothing to hide, why are they hiding stuff?

To belabor the obvious:

He with nothing to hide,

Has nothing to hide.

Oh yeah, it was also a bit of a surprise to see this covered the next morning in the Vancouver Sun. It's almost like a real anyway.


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