|Alleged pressure-cooker bombs and materials in BC Legislature plot - RCMP photo handout|
On Friday I confirmed with a Court criminal registry official that the publication ban issued December 17, 2013 applies to all discussions of pre-trial motions or possible motions that were raised in Court and pretty much everything else to do with this case.
As readers here know, I have raised serious questions about RCMP conduct in this alleged case of domestic terrorism.
I have asked how two recovering addicts on methadone in a basement apartment in Surrey could possibly mastermind a sophisticated plan that allegedly saw three pressure-cooker bombs - disarmed without their knowledge - placed at the BC Legislature to explode on Canada Day as thousands of people gathered for celebrations.
But as the Supreme Court Publication Ban states:
"No details of any Pre-Trial conferences and other appearances may be published in terms of anything that will disclose the nature of any proposed evidence or any pre-trial applications. What can be reported is the dates of any hearings set or any next appearance. For more details about the specific nature of the publication ban, please contact the Criminal Registry."
Outside the Court, lawyer Mark Jette - representing Korody - briefly explained to myself and other media attending that because a jury trial is being requested by the defence, the publication ban is intended to ensure the jury pool is not "tainted" by information being disclosed and potential jurors being influenced by those stories.
That did not happen in the David Basi-Bob Virk / BC Legislature Raid trial that saw the two former BC Liberal Ministerial Aides charged with breach of trust and fraud related to passing on confidential information about the $1 billion BC Rail privatization because the accused elected for a trial by judge only - and the courts feel a judge can insulate themselves from reading or being affected by media coverage of pre-trial procedures.
If not, almost all of my reporting and that of others on Basi-Virk would have also been impossible due to the publication ban.
|Bill Tieleman outside BC Supreme Court|
The only media coverage would then have been at the start of the short-lived trial in 2010 - and the public would have had no idea what happened for the roughly 5 years prior in lengthy and acrimonious court hearing.
So without breaching the publication ban and bringing the wrath of the Court on my head, I can only tell you that Nuttall and Korody were again very pleased to see each other; that Nuttall was wearing new dark framed stylish glasses on his closed shaved head, wearing a red-orange t-shirt and pants.
Nuttall is powerfully built and appears to be about 6 feet 4 inches tall. He also smiled at those attending the hearing but did not appear to know anyone there.
Korody was in green with short pigtails. Sheriffs cautioned them from touching each other as the pair sat just 3 feet apart in the prisoners' dock.
I can report that tentative Court dates have been set for April 7 to 11; June 9-12 and June 16-20, along with a possible Court date February 28.
Nuttall was represented in Court by Marilyn Sandford, a veteran criminal lawyer who has previously defended Robert William "Willy" Pickton with law firm partner Peter Ritchie and other high profile cases. Sandford, who is working with Nuttall's original lawyer Tom Morino, declined all comment on the case outside court.
Federal Crown prosecutor Martha Devlin also appeared before Justice Terence Schultes in BC Supreme Court.
And that's it - at least until the trial begins, when evidence presented in open court will be reportable - but for now, you can only surmise what happened.