Monday, October 18, 2010
Back in BC Supreme Court today: the BC Rail Political Corruption Trial
Confirmed: today at 10:00 AM, all present in BC Supreme Courtroom 54 will rise to their feet for the entrance (late or not) of the Honourable Associate Chief Justice of BC Supreme Court, Anne MacKenzie who is expected to preside over the latest episode of the BC Rail Political Corruption Trial.
For those who may feel that seeing may help them believe that justice is what's going on there: Courtroom 54 remains open to the public, subject only to the infamous publication ban.
My understanding of the MacKenzie ban is that citizens are entitled to observe provincial business -- just as BC citizens are entitled to attend Legislature sittings on the rare occasions when those, too, are allowed to occur. By attending the BC Rail trial in person, citizens may become well-informed, and are at liberty to tell me (or anybody) what they hear in the corridors. Citizens must note, however, that we most definitely aren't entitled to (and will be punished if we do this) reveal anything to anybody about what they've been lucky enough to hear in the actual courtroom without the jury present. (Jury present, then it's OK to mention these things which may or may not have a sharp significance in the minds of all British Columbians.) I hope I have ... well, made these important matters clear.
October 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM in BCSC Courtroom 54. That much does appear to be clear on today's Supreme Court schedule. But we never really know for sure, do we? - BC Mary.
If Basi plead Guilty to accepting money from Pilot House, will they be charged?
"Basi admits he accepted benefits totalling $25,695 from Erik Bornmann of Pilothouse"
Oh Mary, I wasnt ready for this, I am sure You were
Read more: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/Former+government+aides+Dave+Basi+Virk+plead+guilty+political/3688805/story.html?cid=megadrop_story#ixzz12jjeF45d
As mentioned above, the device that has been chosen in British Columbia to reconcile the need for both accountability and the independent exercise of prosecutorial discretion is the requirement that any direction that the Attorney General might give with respect to the prosecution of a specific case or with respect to matters of policy must be subsequently published in the Gazette, (a public record of government decisions), pursuant to ss 5 and 6 Crown Counsel Act. This requirement, while recognizing the lawful authority of the Attorney General, a requirement in a representative democracy, ensures transparency with regard to any such direction and ultimately creates a mechanism for holding the Attorney General responsible for the direction. The public can be satisfied that any decision relating to a prosecution not published in the Gazette is one made by the Criminal Justice Branch without the involvement of the Attorney General.
In British Columbia an Attorney General has chosen to exercise the power to provide direction in such a way that it was published in the Gazette on 4 or 5 occasions in the past 7 years. This fact, as well as the use of independent special prosecutors pursuant to ss 7. of the Crown Counsel Act has resulted in a perception by the public that charge decisions, whether good, bad or indifferent are free from political interference.
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