The dramatic death that transfixed Toronto last fall — pitting a bicycle courier against a former cabinet minister — has reached an unexpected denouement. The surprise yesterday was not so much that charges were dropped against former attorney-general Michael Bryant as in the factual findings of the special prosecutor.
The victim turned out to be the aggressor in this fatal encounter, the Crown concluded. Bicycle courier Darcy Allan Sheppard had been caught up in an escalating cycle of confrontations against motorists in previous months, according to Richard Peck, who was brought in from Vancouver to prosecute the case. In one episode, Sheppard smashed a car window; in another, he tried to snatch the car keys. In this case, evidence showed he attacked Bryant, who was driving home with his wife in an open convertible, giving him every legal justification to take evasive action.
Sheppard does not deserve to be demonized; his death was a tragedy. But in leaving no stone unturned, the legal system worked as it should. The Attorney General’s department rightly hired a special prosecutor from out of province to avoid any appearance of preferential treatment for a former Ontario attorney-general.
Yep, just like I said would happen. Well, actually I thought they would at least go to trial, as to make it look like they were serious.
As a fellow political commentator pointed out elsewhere, the wackos will be out soon to point out how he was given a free pass, because of privilege.
I feel vindicated for having defended him so vehemently. Hey!!! Isn't he a Liberal? Good thing me and the courts don't filter reality through an ideology.