Friday, August 21, 2009
Confirmed: Basi Virk pre-trial hearing today, 21 August 2009, start-time 9:30 AM, BC Supreme Court, 800 Smyth St., Vancouver.
(Defence in BC Rail corruption case assails role of Liberal insider)
"Bolton said an Oct. 30, 2001 letter Kinsella wrote to BC Rail executive Kevin Mahoney shows he sold his company, the Progressive Group, as having "political savvy."
"We are essentially communications consultants with what I would call a value-added component. That 'value added' interpreted as political savvy, and to some extent public opinion expertise, allows us to provide commentary and advice to our clients vis-a-vis the current Liberal government."
Judge Elizabeth Bennett has already ruled she's not satisfied that Kinsella was working for CN Rail, but Bolton said the strong relationship Kinsella had with CN Rail is relevant to the case.
In her July ruling, Bennett said that in order for her to infer a connection between Kinsella and CN Rail, she needs more evidence than the emails and a phone conversation the man had with CN executive David McLean.
"If there was evidence connecting Mr. Kinsella to CN Rail at the material time of the core review and sale of BC Rail, then that would change the landscape entirely," she said in a written decision."
I think it's safe for us to assume the "landscape has changed entirely"...and if we can see it, why can't (or won't) Justice Bennett? The above when coupled with notes from Kieran's journal alone, should be enough to for her to see that Kinsella must be put on the stand! My guess is there was absolute proof in the magically deleted emails, without those, the defense is crippled. The only way to get the truth is demand it under oath. She doesn't seem to want to do that - perhaps it's a good thing she's going after all. Unreal.