Tuesday, April 10, 2007

 

Confirmed: Trial begins Wed. 18 April '07

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BASI, VIRK TRIAL COULD LAST 6 MONTHS
NEAL HALL
Vancouver Sun - April 10, 2007

The trial of two former provincial government aides accused of corruption could take up to six months to finish, the trial judge heard today during a pre-trial conference.

During discussions between lawyers and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett, one estimate of how long the trial of Bob Virk and David Basi might take was 120 days, which is the equivalent of six months of court time, based on the fact that a trial sits five days a week or 20 days a month.

There were also discussions about taking days off at various points in the trial to accommodate planned vacations of the defence lawyers and the prosecution team.
The trial was scheduled to begin next Monday but now will start two days later, on April 18, at the Vancouver Law Courts.

At one point during the hearing today, the judge mentioned she had been part of an advocacy class for young lawyers that included Erik Bornmann, who recently graduated from the University of B.C. law school and will be the Crown’s star witness at the Basi-Virk trial.

She asked counsel if she should recuse herself from the case but none of the lawyers asked for that. Special prosecutor Bill Berardino was also part of the advocacy class for law students, held at the Vancouver Law Courts in 2004, but Berardino previously stated that he has never met Bornmann ...

Full story: http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=5e679f61-0ed8-4511-8702-10933e6a1264&k=10894
nhall@png.canwest.com
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A smile, a Thank You to one of our Anony-mice who gave us this news about 7 hours ago. And many thanks to DL for spotting the story in Vancouver Sun.

So, British Columbia, the train is leaving the station. We're on our way. Bon voyage. May something good come of this trial. - BC Mary.
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Comments:
Hopefully more folks will go to the trouble of checking the court pages now and again so there will be no suprises. The article above gives quite a bit of information.

Since none of the charged folks have actually got into court yet the coverage was a bit slow at first and has been building as columnists have started to discuss things. But looking back, the story was being written about aquite awhile ago. I would expect at least two of the Vancouver papers to have something tomorow, or the next day.
 
I went to the trial yesterday. My impressions are at Somena Media.

Best Regards

Meaghan Champion
 
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