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If the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
doesn’t work for one of us, it works for none of us.
Free Byroncopyright notice: This is an original work dedicated to the public domain
Byron Sonne Trial
The Crown’s argument lasted all of Thursday and well into Friday. Unfortunately, instead of clearly laying out the Crown theory, it was a painstaking recitation of reams of “evidence”. Granted, I am not a lawyer, but although there was a lot of data, it failed to convince me of anything, especially as the bits of theory popping up here and there were often contradictory.
I remember from college sociology that weak argument that includes everything was called “kitchen sinking” because when you really don’t have a worthwhile argument, throw in everything, including the kitchen sink.
Thursday 20 March: Closing Arguments in Byron Sonne trial
When: Thursday March 29th at 10:30am
I hope to see you there!
When I was a kid, the police were the good guys. Sure, there was the occasional miscarriage of justice… like 14 year old Stephen Truscott nearly being hung for a crime he didn’t commit. But even knowing about cases like this, we trusted that laws and policies would change. Our society would learn from such mistakes.
Today I agree with BoingBoing that the best course of action in the face of police questioning is to stand mute. Watching Byron Sonne’s interrogation videos; drives this point home more than anything else.
In a society like Canada, where citizens aren’t armed as a rule, while the police are, it is especially important to have strong civil rights. Because without civil rights, the police are unaccountable, and can very easily spin out of control. In the short term, that might seem like a good idea to police, and perhaps even to government.
But in the long term it polarizes us. It makes us mistrust thee police. It certainly doesn’t encourage willing co-operation. Which has to make the police job that much more difficult. After all, there are a lot more of us than there are of them.
Lawyer Davin Charney, gives an overview of the law in Canada.
Produced for the Centre for Police Accountability (C4PA).
R v Honoroski 2003 ABPC http://canlii.ca/t/57jz
R v Moore 1979 SCC http://canlii.ca/t/1z76c
Of course problems arise when the police threaten to spuriously bring a charge against you, as happened in the case of Byron Sonne. Now, I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that since the police got away with using this ruse against >Byron Sonne, isn’t the the effect that any police officer can now threaten or even lay frivolous charges against any citizen and force an identification?
What I wonder is if Canadians have been stripped of this right? — laurelrusswurm
We were doing our holiday rounds at Christmas when we drove past Maplehurst, so I took this photograph, figuring I’d need it eventually.
Byron Sonne was incarcerated here as a “remand prisoner” (someone awaiting trial) for nearly a year because he was denied bail. Rapists and murderers are released on bail every day; not Byron.
I think Byron’s plight bothers me most as a mother; this is a young man who is willing to stand up for civil rights; and what can be more important for our children’s future than that?
Byron’s trial resumes tomorrow at 361 University Avenue, Toronto
I knew this was going to be a bad year for NaNoWriMo because G20 activist Byron Sonne was coming to trial, and the Canadian DMCA Bill-C11 will most likely be passed by the Canadian government because they have a majority government so they can to appease President Bush… oops, it’s Obama now… #samesame … and now there is also #OccupyCanada and #SOPA …
Making matters much worse, I’ve kind of figured out Tumblr !
Still and all, I’m a self publishing novelist and I have work to do, so I have to go offline for a bit and write.
So I’d appreciate it if you’d keep an eye on civil rights and the Internet while I’m at work.