Monday, October 18, 2010
The BC Rail Political Corruption Trial - October 18, 2010
BC Mary comment: Were you there? Did you see the trial go down?
Thanks to Mary and all of the others for trying to keep this issue in the public eye for the past several years.
AND - What has this cost the BC taxpayer's in legal fees for ALL involved?
It's the awful stench that's so appalling ... but on the other hand, it's not as if we didn't know that this might happen.
So while our special, Special Prosecutor was said to be shortening his witness list, he was in fact negotiating (litigating, as is his professional specialty) with the Defence on an agreeable penalty for Dave Basi, Bob Virk, and Aneal Basi.
Pretty nice deal for them. All of them, including Bill Berardino.
Not so good for the rest of BC ... so my feeling is: this isn't over until the people of BC say it's over.
Time to roll up our sleeves again!
The defense owes for their legal fees now that they are found guilty(plead guilty)...
Unless as part of the plea agreement that the crown(province)...Picks up the legal fees for the defence!
It is disgusting listening to the usual pundits on the radio already saying it's all over.......it ain't over - only the criminal staged trial of BBV is over, now the REAL TRIAL can shift into high gear or the pitchforks can come out or both!
I'm afraid the rule of law is no longer applicable to BC, rather it is the rule of Gordon Campbell.
If the presiding judge had any honour, he would throw out the guilty pleas and see the trial through!
Of course not, the judge's job was to thwart justice and apply the government desired outcome.
Corrupt - the entire judicial system.
Corruption, thy name is British Columbia.
Shame, shame, shame, my father fought in the second wold war and both my grandfathers fought in the first world war and for f*****g what, to have the province run by fascist pigs!
They are all spinning in their graves.
I vote for a full public enquiry, headed by someone from outside this province.
Yes, I think the fight has just begun. The public will be choked -far more (I think) than the Campbell gang realizes. The anti-HST campaign could seem like a mild annoyance if the public is willing to take a lesson from France.
BTW, Thanks for everything you have done to this point, Mary.
They recess under the guise of shortening the list. Backroom deals are done and the accused plead out.Probably had there lawyer fees guaranteed for them.
My only hope now is that Campbell resigns, the recall is successful, the government changes before the next election and any new government opens the books on the Giveaway of our Railway.
We wanted transparency, we got it. This deal is transparent beyond belief. The Liberals must have got really scared by the sheer incompetence of their witnesses on the stand, with more incompetents to come.
While I hold no brief for V and B, I hope this cost the Liberals a lot of money. However, it's more likely since the government are the real experts in money laundering, that it has cost the taxpayer a lot of money.
This deal is not 'in the best interests of the justice system'.
And it ain't even over yet.
I imagine Gordo's upcoming speech is some send-up or grandstanding, maybe a la BCRIC, as a way to divert attention from the scandal, now that it's (ostensibly) been shut down.
History will examine the details, however, and if the courts were unwilling to lay charges and render due verdicts, historians surely will....
I think any inquiry needs to be headed up by somebody from outside of this f***ing country, this country of Harperland, where Harper is King and his most loyal butt kissing prince is Prince Gordo!
Today I am ashamed to be a North American and wish my mother's folks had never left France, where at least the people still have a modicum of self respect.
Generally in criminal matters in order to come to a plea agreement an ALLOCUTION of the facts of the case is required. Obviously not in the Banana Republic of British Columbia the Best Place on Earth for the most corrupt new world politicians whose native tongue isn't Spanish!
I noticed in the Sun that the cartels from Mexico are moving into the province, even the Okanagan, how in the hell is anyone supposed to even notice the difference?
But I'm with Mary, this ain't over!
I'm surprised that it took this long.
My guess is that Gary "the ferret" Collins was about to feel the heat and didn't take too kindly to a little jail time for his part in this sleasy affair.
The NDP and the MSN should be all over Campbell and is hoods like stink on a bear to get answers about the BC Rail sale. No more "Its before the courts" now.??
I wouldn't hold my hand over my ass while this happening though, it might become a permanent patch.
"It was the special prosecutor who forgave the legal fees for the defence, it was not the attorney general" snip
Due to the unexpected heat of the witness stand, there was obviously a mutiny on board that had to be handled. These pirates aren't used to having to be answerable or accountable to anyone. The highly contagious H1N1 of memory loss viruses they thought would give immunity was only making them all look like incompetent fools. So fearful and offended by the rapidly deteriorating state of their specialness there was refusal after refusal to take the hot seat, under threat of bean spillage if required to do so - spillage which would have dire implications to the implicated.
The implicated meaning 'all those on board' - even, and especially including Captain Always Off the Hook.
Can't have that! Thus, a last ditch attempt at cutting the witness list.
Only that just made some of 'the special' more special than others -
And then the knives, (along with a lot of noisy silverware) must have come out
With the threat of full-scale mutiny on board.....
And things had to be fixed. Fast.
I, too, agree with Mary, this ain't over. Far from it.
Yes, the sham performance is over.
As kootcoot says, "let the real trial begin".
On pirate ships there is always a parrot,
And eventually it always talks.
"In a statement read in court, the two former ministerial aides in Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government changed their pleas on four charges."
They pleaded guilty on two charges each.
Their pride is what prevents them from getting to the truth. They would rather say, "we told you so", then get to the bottom of this fiasco.
More on my blog.
That punishment smacks of a teenager being sent home from school for 3 days for bad behavior - the kid loves it! No school, no work...play and rest.
Sorry, I hope they ALL rot in hell.
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The concluding statement of Gailus after Baldry: "One for the archives."
We cannot let this be swept away. BC Rail had better be in the news, in the letters to the editors, in the blogs and in the streets - on the lips of every citizen. Gordon Campbell needs to tell us about his part and his government's part in the sale of BC Rail in his Oct. 27 address.
by the bike racks
10:33 PM on October 18, 2010
Once when I lived in BC I ran into Gordie buying a bikini for a twenty something redhead at a shop at 4th and MacDonald. It was an awkward moment for him, I don't think he was expecting to run into another guy, and as it was bikini store we had to sit beside each other in a designated space. He left quickly.
A month later came the Hawaii DUI with a passenger in his vehicle that was never identified. I have my suspicions.
Anyway, he's scum and I would say to his face. He would know what I was saying was true.
"For their defence strategy, reliant on rumours, innuendo, and one or two malleable members of the press whom they used to promote an agenda of obfuscation outside the courts?" - Bruce Hutchinson from the National Post
Unacceptable! and the stink just keeps getting worse.
Breach of Trust! Breach of Trust! Why should our tax dollars be spent this way? To save the hide of a spent politician?
I betcha it would SINK them all but good.
What was on those takes Dave Basi?
WHAT DID YOU SAY AND WHO DID YOU SAY IT TOO?
Alas, we shall never find out, will we?
Is there a way? Will a public inquiry make that evidence public. or just spend more of our money on nonsense?
I shook my head in dismay when I saw Basi on tv last night complaining that the trial took too long. TOoo long? YOU Pleaded innocent!! Now you admit guilt!!!
Our justice system needs to be over hauled.
My thoughts -- once I got over the initial surprise! -- was:
"Only one or two?"
This might be the place to explain why I haven't provided links to Big Media stories on yesterday's treacherous courtroom developments.
I posted CBC's bare, bald, unadorned statement of fact.
But when I began to read Big Media's nauseating repetitions, their boot-licking, their general messing around with the facts which (for cryin' out loud) are no longer under a publication ban ...
I said to self, "No way. Not today."
And I'm waiting for the posting which will help us make sense of yesterday's rulings.
Meantime, I'm happy to see that others believe "It ain't over until the people in a democracy say it's over."
Thanks for the many kind words ...
This is just the start of what the NWO has planned for us? We're known as "food wasters".
I just watched a documentary narrated by Jesse Ventura "Conspiracy Theory"
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