Sunday, June 03, 2007

Basi-Virk defence disclosure application decision is due Monday June 4

BC Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett to deliver her decision on the defence disclosure application in the Basi-Virk case 10 a.m. - Monday June 4.

The decision is expected to be in writing but whether Justice Bennett will read it in court or simply release it is not clear at this point, nor whether the defence or special prosector will respond.

Justice Bennett may also work out scheduling of the next phase of the case - the defence's Charter of Rights challenge to the whole trial.

Watch this space for details as soon as they become available and see earlier reports for background.

5 comments:

BC Mary said...

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Bill,

The gear-box on your visitors' counting gadget should start smouldering today as thousands of us turn to you for B.C. Rail clues.

It's going to be a long, desperate wait for today's rulings.

I hope the angels are sitting on Madam Justice Bennett's desk, guiding her pen.

Thanks for being there for us.

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Deep Throat said...

So now the layers of the onion are about to be peeled back.

So now let us watch as Mr. Openness and Transparency invokes Cabinet confidentiality in a desperate, “last ditch” attempt to stop this process of discovery.

So now let us watch as the resignation process proceeds.

Anonymous said...

Berardino missing again for today's decision.

This Special Prosecutor is ignoring the duties of his office

Anonymous said...

Keith Baldrey was on the news at noon. The judge has ruled in favour of the defenants.Cops and other persons are to hand over all paper and be quick about it. dl

Budd Campbell said...

I think the phrase that Deep Throat is looking for is "executive privilege". This was President Nixon's stated grounds for refusing to turn over the White House tape recordings.

One presumes that a superior court judge can compell the production of otherwise secret Cabinet documents, but to what degree can our provincial Executive Council refuse to comply, or at least argue the point for months and months and months.

In fact, at what point do provincial Cabinet documents enter the public domain? At the federal level one sees papers released after a 25 year time frame. But provincially we still aren't seeing documents detailing Wacky Bennett's Cabinet discussing the Columbia River Treaty, or Dave Barrett's Government considering policies on mining, or Bill Bennett's Cabinet talking about their intentions with regards to the BCRIC share distribution scam of 1979. When, if ever, do we to see any of this material?