Monday, March 31, 2008

Wilfred Hathway: Jury selection postponed

Jury selection postponed in Hathway murder trial
Chris Purdy,
Published: Monday, March 31, 2008
SASKATOON - The first-degree murder trial of Wilfrid Hathway has been postponed to next Monday. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Gerald Albright sent potential jurors who had arrived for jury selection Monday morning home and told them to return again next week. Hathway, 48, is accused in the 1998 stabbing death of his 84-year-old rooming house landlord, Denver Crawford, in Saskatoon. Hathway was arrested by Kamloops RCMP in 2004.

Hathway’s lawyer is sick. On Friday March 28, 2008 at 2 PM there was a meeting in chambers. The trial was to start on March 3, 2008. Jury selection has been postponed until Monday April 7, 2008. I will post the new trial date after it is announced.

Kari Klassen’s letter requesting Justice Lang step down.

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Chief Justice Lang should resign, now.

Why is everyone so silent about Justice Robert Lang taking charge of the Holgate v. Klassen hearing? Mr Lang can not deny that he had a serious conflict of interest. Everyone knows that. Kari Klassen’s husband reported justice Lang to the Canadian Judicial Council. It looks like he intended to get even with her husband Richard Klassen and Angie Geworsky. Before being appointed to the bench, Robert Lang, represented Edward Holgate, at the request of the Law Society after one of Mr Holgate’s former clients sued him. Is he still representing Mr Holgate?

More news at Chief Justice Lang should resign, now.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Dystonia: More RCMP Taser Abuse in Canada

Just like many other people in Canada who have been witness to police brutality, Mr Dempsey, was arrested after he intervened when the RCMP arrested his friend Gene Lyne. A sad fact in Canada is that you will be arrested and charged if you are a victim of police misconduct. Intervening in a case of police misconduct is considered by the police to be a criminal offence in Canada.

Mr Dempsey had Torsion Dystonia, deep brain stimulator and was taking medication to control his shaking.

Deep brain stimulator is a surgical treatment where electrodes are implanted into the brain. A brain pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the implanted electrodes in the brain. The therapeutic benefits for people with Parkinson’s and Dystonia is well documented.

What is not well documented is the effect of being Tasered would have on someone with implanted electrodes in the brain. The deep brain stimulator was destroyed by the Taser. Mr Dempsey walked into traffic on one of BC’s main highways shortly after. What else was destroyed by the Taser?

All the charges against both men were later stayed or dismissed in court. Was this a result of a Crown prosecutor viewing the video tape?

Jamie Ashby, a lawyer filed a claim for damages on behalf of Gene Lyne and John Dempsey. Mr Ashby is reported as saying: "He's passed away so the case dies with him,"
Mr Ashby is continuing with the claim for Gene Lyne.

The law in Canada protects disclosure. Mr Ashby is now trying to prevent the distribution of the video tape that he gave to the press. This law may be good for lawyers who can use the disclosure as leverage to obtain a out of court settlement where the disclosure is sealed by the court. Pay out large sums of the tax payers money and allow the RCMP to continue abusing their power in Canada. This is not good for the RCMP’s next victim of abuse.

Where are Mr Dempsey’s relatives? Where are all the people who claim to speak for the disabled in Canada? The police in Canada are only allowed to use a Taser when their lives are in danger or the lives of others. How could a disabled man that was handcuffed be considered a threat?

Justice for John Dempsey. Distribute the link to the tape posted on

YouTube - CTV: RCMP using Taser on disabled man.