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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is the Ottawa Citizen undermining the authority of the court?

Note the wording of the lead sentence here:

Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is probing what a judge has called the unlawful 2008 arrest and strip search of a 27-year-old woman by Ottawa police officers.

Notice the qualification in there? Probing "what a judge has called" the unlawful arrest and strip search? Why is it necessary to insert that? Is there still some question about whether it was unlawful?

The matter has been heard and adjudicated in a court of law. The court has ruled. The question has been settled.

But, well, y'know, I guess it's just one judge, and well, that's just, like, his opinion, man ...

Oh, and, uh ... Vern? How's that internal probe going?

And while we're on the subject of cops and uncomfortable questions, anybody seen Julian Fantino lately? Has he emerged to start answering questions about illegal wiretapping of police board members and their friends, or is he still hiding in the Conservative Candidate Protection Program (h/t Jeff Jedras)?


  1. Two things:

    1) The OPS "internal investigation" is shelved once the SIU is called in; and

    2) The animals who mauled Bonds still have to be charged and tried. The judge was, therefore, sending out a broad hint, but he didn't personally convict the officers.

  2. No, he couldn't convict them because they weren't appearing before him as defendants. But he did find that they violated Ms. Bonds' Charter rights and personal dignity, and that their conduct was unlawful. The essential point is that the relevant evidence has been reviewed by a court of law, and the arrest and strip-search have been slapped down by a judge. There's nothing to debate or probe or investigate any more. Why the Ottawa Crown Attorney isn't preferring charges against these pieces of shit is another question.