There`s a guilty plea in the offing for Father Daniel Miller. Yes, that’s right, – Father Miller will be pleading guilty.
Thank goodness for eyes and ears in the Pembroke court house this afternoon at 2 pm. Here is my understanding of the salient facts:
(1) Father Daniel Miller was in court with
Monsignor Father Proulx;
(2) Father Miller’s lawyer Robert Carew was NOT in court. There was no legal representation for Father Miller in court;
(3) Despite Mr. Carew’s absence 03 June 2013 (10 am) has been set for a sentencing hearing. Mr. Carew apparently will not be available for that date either!. Justice Belch advised that 03 June it is and Mr. Carew can send a representative;
(4) 17 September 2013 (10 am) has been set for sentencing. That will also be the day that those victims who wish to do so can read their Victim Impact Statements in court.
I don’t know if Father Miller is pleading guilty to all 12 charges from his six victims. I doubt it. Usually these guilty pleas come after a bit of plea bargaining which whittles away one charge here, and another there. We’ll find that out in due course. My hope is that there hasn’t been too much whittling.
And, hats off to Justice Belch for insisting that the date of 03 June will proceed and that Mr. Carew can send a representative.
How many days has Mr. Carew been a no show? Perhaps it just seems more than it is? Still, a little odd to say the least that he was a no show today, especially with his client there. I got the impression that Father Miller knew that Carew wasn’t going to be there. But, just a bit strange. It’s all been a bit strange.
So be it.
Any way, I commend all you victims who came forward. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. There is a light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
Enough for now,