LILLEY: Murderers getting new trials because Trudeau meddled

LILLEY: Murderers getting new trials because Trudeau meddled
Brian Lilley
January 24, 2020
January 24, 2020 9:24 AM EST
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa on January 17, 2020. Blair Gable / Reuters
A convicted killer has had his verdict overturned and a new trial ordered on what amounts to a technicality in how a new law was interpreted by the trial judge.
The scary part is, this isn’t the only case that this ruling may overturn — there are dozens of cases that could see legitimate verdicts thrown out.
And it’s all because the Trudeau government decided to mess with centuries of legal practice.
Pardeep Chouhan was convicted last October on first-degree murder charges.
According to evidence heard at trial by both judge and jury, Chouhan shot Maninder Sandhu multiple times in the yard of the trucking company they both worked at in Toronto.
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Chouhan fled town after leaving Maninder for dead, and was arrested in Surrey, British Columbia a week later.
His retrial isn’t being ordered because of unreliable evidence or witnesses, but due to a change in how juries are selected.
In February 2018, a jury in Saskatchewan acquitted farmer Gerald Stanley in the death of Colten Boushie.
The 22 year-old Indigenous man had driven onto Stanley’s land after a day full of drinking.
Boushie and his friends were acting erratically.
They crashed into one of the Stanley vehicles, one of the group tried to start and presumably steal an ATV on the property and Boushie himself had a rifle with him.
Stanley shot and killed Boushie and was acquitted, but the acquittal was denounced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and then-Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould because they felt the jury was ‘too white.’
The pair promised to change the way juries were selected and abolish what were known as peremptory challenges — the ability to dismiss any prospective juror without having to give a reason.
This foolish change to a centuries-old practice of selecting jurors came into force on September 19, 2019, the same day Chouhan’s murder trial started.
The changes to the law were challenged by Chouhan’s lawyer as violating his client’s Charter right to a fair trial.
The presiding judge ruled the change in the law was not a Charter violation and proceeded with the case.
Yet now the Ontario Court of Appeal has ruled that the presiding judge violated Chouhan’s Charter right to a fair trial by applying the new law incorrectly.
In a unanimous ruling, the court said Chouhan should have been allowed to have a jury selection process that included peremptory challenges.
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Criminal defence lawyer Ari Goldkind said in response to this verdict that the government could have avoided all of this by inserting one line into their legislation spelling out clearly where and when the law applied but they failed to do so.
“Sheer neglect and sheer stupidity have caused this action,” Goldkind said.
The long-time lawyer said there was no need for the government to change the law on jury selection but they did so after reading too much outrage online.
“This is a government that conducts itself catering to Twitter,” Goldkind said.
I think the court could have handled this differently and found another solution, but Goldkind said their hands were tied by the government not being clear in their legislation.
“The Court of Appeal was between a rock and a hard place,” he said.
The bottom line is that a whole raft of murderers will now get new trials, and we can only hope none of them walk as a result.
Meanwhile, the hard work of the jurors, lawyers and police investigators in the previous trials will all be thrown out due to the foolish actions of politicians in Ottawa.
A knee jerk reaction of emotions to change a process that they personally perceived as wrong partly due to biased news coverage of a trial leads to a bunch of retrials that may see acquittals to convicted criminals? Yeah a change for the betterment of Canada riiiight.
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Turdoh..... all emotion, no brain.
Another witless blunder with no sense of consequences.
EDITORIAL: Getting away with murder
Winnipeg Sun
January 29, 2020
January 29, 2020 6:19 AM EST
Scales of justice
Justin Trudeau’s attempt to micromanage the justice system has — again — ended in disaster.
The Prime Minister and then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had a hissy fit over the outcome of the trial of a Saskatchewan farmer charged in the shooting death of an Indigenous man who’d driven onto his land.
In February 2018, a jury acquitted the farmer, prompting Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould to abolish “peremptory challenges,” a system of jury selection that allows the dismissal of prospective jurors. They claimed the jury was, “too white.”
Hard cases make bad law. Trudeau wanted a different outcome in that one case, so he threw an entire system that’s worked for decades out with the bathwater.
The Ontario Court of Appeal ruled last week that the ban on peremptory challenges was constitutional. However, it also ruled that if the accused had chosen a trial by jury before Sept. 18, they retained the right to use them.
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This has plunged an already stressed justice system into mayhem.
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Trials for people facing serious charges may have to be re-tried. The chaos has already started.
Last week, a mistrial was declared in the third trial of a 2006 case of notorious gang killer Peter Johnson. And convicted killer Pardeep Chouhan had his verdict overturned and a new trial ordered because of this massive goof.
Dozens more trials are in peril.
This would have been averted if the Ontario Attorney General had used the old system until the appeal was decided. That foot-dragging could result in convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers being handed get out of jail free cards.
But this started with Trudeau’s quest for political correctness. It will waste millions in taxpayers’ dollars and bring the court system to its knees.
The feds should have shown greater care drafting the legislation by clearly ruling when the new legislation would take effect. Trudeau over-reacted to a decision he didn’t like and made sweeping changes to a system that was working in order to get his way.
This ham-fisted attempt to bend the court system to his will undermines the underpinnings of the justice system.
The PM should respect the independence of our court system and stop meddling where he’ll cause harm.
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This is what happens when you elect a man-child to do an adult's job.
Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

This is what happens when you elect a man-child to do an adult's job.

No...............NOT REALLY......................................

kids are capable of understanding what is fair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But Soviet Socialist Aspiring DICTATORS like Our idiot Boy DONT CARE ABOUT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BEING FAIR would cost Our idiot Boy a LOT OF VOTES that he cannot afford to lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He has already been so INEPT that his govt has been reduced to a minority .............................

and even that will be lost to him one fine day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As I have predicted - I figure the axe will fall on the LIE-beral minority in spring 2021 or there abouts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wretched LIE-berals and their HOG allies just want their own way in all things!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our idiot Boy is fast running out of gravy to BUY VOTES from natives.......................................

and thus he DESPERATELY NEEDS something else to offer forest dwelling THUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So he gives them that "get out of jail free" card!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

In related news - the number of natives being incarcerated in recent years HAS EXPLODED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LIE-berals have convinced natives that Cdns can be robbed pretty much with impunity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hence all the robberies on rural farms............................

and the VAST INCREASE in the number of clowns walking into liquor and food stores..........................

and grabbing whatever they want and fleeing the scene without paying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now not only are LIE-berals running out of gravy to buy votes.................................

they are even running out of "get out of jail free" cards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ALL LIE-beral policy IS FAILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!
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Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

This is what happens when you elect a man-child to do an adult's job.

Well said
Quote: Originally Posted by Jinentonix View Post

This is what happens when you elect a man-child to do an adult's job.

Sorry - I must disagree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our idiot Boy Justin is an ASPIRING SOVIET SOCIALIST DICTATOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And he proves it more completely every day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Imagine the idiot Boy being so BIGOTED that he would alter the jury selection process...............................

to favour DRUNKEN THIEVES in a frantic effort to BUY NATIVE VOTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As the 19th century revolutionary Bakunin told us...................

it is NOT NECESSARY for the population to support Soviet Socialism -for the revolution to succeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rather - IT IS ENOUGH that the public no longer trusts its eisting institutions........................

such as the legal system with its HUG A THUG LIE-beral judges........................

and thus the public will become willing to consider alternatives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Which Soviet Socialists will RAM DOWN OUR THROATS when the time is right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We have only to look at the endless efforts LIE-berls are making to RIG our elections....................

to see how Trudope is trying to force us into a corner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The latest LIE-beral effort ws that NASTY ATTEMPT TO LIMIT FREE SPEECH...................................

by requiring all online reporters to be BE LICENSED BY LIE-beral govt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!