Thursday, January 31, 2008
Basi Virk pre-trial resumes today in BC Supreme Court, start-time 10:00 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2008 ... be there, if you can, so you can tell your grandchildren "Yes, I was there, in Courtroom 54 of The Law Courts building in Vancouver. Oh yes, I was there. I saw the famous Madam Justice Elizabeth Bennett. I saw the Defence Team of Bolton, McCullough, and Doyle. I even caught a glimpse of the Special Prosecutor Bill Berardino!! And Winteringham! And Copley! And MacKay!
"And yes, I was there when ..." and may the Saints preserve her " ... when the famous Judge ruled that, yes indeed, the historic trial would begin as everyone had hoped, on Monday, March 17, 2008 in that very courtroom! Yes, I was there ...! "
- BC Mary.
Lawyers take such pride in their professional courtesies, I marvel that apologies are never offered for the non-appearance of the main guy in this trial.
For Bill Berardino to simply go missing without explanation seems to me like elementary rudeness.
How much chit-chat goes on between judge and lawyers behind the scenes when a trial is under way? I always thought: zero; that it's all done in open court. Wrong??
Not for Distribution: Many thanks for your comment and report. I really hope you will write again, and explain these things again, as others need to know what you saw.
It sounds to me like the early phase of a new set of "running orders".
Maybe some new jems will come from todays appearancs.
Many thanks for sending us your eye-witness report, depressing though it may be. We appreciate the news very much.
But ... dammit, this is outrageous!!
We actually get a 1-hour session if we wait almost 3 more weeks?! Oh fortunate peasants of British Columbia!
Whatever happened to Judge Bennett's avowal to stay in Courtroom 54 "as long as it takes" to get this trial underway?
This is beyond a joke, beyond weird. This is deeply troubling.
So much for telling our grandchildren that we were there, eh?
....and the BC Legislature is still "conveniently" adjourned. Quelle surprise.
...and April 1, April Fool's Day, still looms.
I'm wondering right along with you, BC Mary, as to the exact meaning of "as long as it takes" according to - and on Judge Bennett's "watch".