Monday, February 08, 2010
Basi-Virk trial will begin in late-April, judge told
During a pre-trial conference, special prosecutor Bill Berardino asked to reconvene Wednesday at set a trial date.
He suggested an "early trial date for the latter part of April of this year."
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Anne MacKenzie asked if the Crown's earlier estimate still stands of the trial taking six to eight weeks.
Berardino said that estimate is based on a very extensive admission of facts, which is expected byt hasn't been finalized. "I'm very encouraged by what has transpired in recent weeks," the special prosecutor added.
He told the judge that the three accused former government aides - Bob Virk, Dave Basi and his cousin Aneal Basi - want to re-elect a trial by jury, so will have to attend Wednesday's hearing.
The judge agreed to allow Aneal Basi, who is working in Montreal, to appear by video conferencing.
Read Neal Hall's full column HERE.
So they ARE going for a jury trial.
That is interesting. And it may make for quite a spectacle as well.
I've always heard it said that a guity plaintiff wants his case heard by judge alone because the chances of getting off on a technicality are better.
Given the new judge in the cockpit I guess the accused have decided they're better off, as innocent men, to give the real power back to the people, so to speak.
Be nice to spend a few weeks in Vancouver in the spring this year - maybe I'll run into you Mary.
Please edit your comment so that the jury (if any) for the Basi Virk trial gets a fair introduction ...
yes, they will have a difficult situation to deal with ...
As long as a potential juror isn't a regular reader of this blog, Bill T's or the infamous House, they should be good to go.
It crossed my mind too that perhaps defendants like the Basi-Virk crew, should be expected to sign a waiver re:exposure to information regarding the case by potential jurors, otherwise this "pretence" of wanting a trial by judge for over a half a decade might seem like tawdry strategy. Of course as I indicated above, except for the 16 or so cultists in BC Mary's coven, thanks to our sorry excuse for media, 99% of the population of BC are unaware of the issue or think it was resolved years ago.
[strike]Toilet[/strike]Throne Speech today in James Bay - Whoop-de-Doo-Doo!
Indeed, if those involved were dumb enough to not consider this, then "spilling the beans" denies them the right to claim ignorance. Perhaps the fact that they have demanded trial by judge for what, six years now? might be reason to deny trial by jury at this late date and they have to go with the judge hand-picked to replace the original judge for whatever reason.
The whole deal stinks to high heaven, like the dead skunk in the middle of the road.
We must, in fairness, give credit where it is due.
It was the Opposition Justice Critic, Fermit the Krog, who said privately
on the 5th anniversary of the BCR-CN deal, that only "19 people cared about BC Rail ..."
The interesting part is that Fermit the Krog actually held a press conference in Vancouver on July 15, 2009 (5th anniversary, when various other benefits to CN were triggered),
to take credit for our protest. Yeah.
It was in a private letter to a mutual friend that he slipped on a cow-pat and said what you said.
And my friend was so damn angry (and honest) that the letter was sent to me.
Someday I will publish his letter (I got permission from him to do so, when I confronted him ... and then he actually congratulated me on my good work ... sheesh! ... after stonewalling us throughout!).
That was the day I gave up on partisan politics.
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