Perry Dunlop is a political prisoner. He has now spent 194 days in jail – on a six month sentence! – for civil contempt of court!!!
This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
Hearings resume at 0930 hours (9:30 am) this morning, Friday, 28 August 2008. The Diocese of Alexander-Cornwall’s Bishop Paul Andre Durocher will take the stand. It’s Friday which means the gathered throng depart early by plane, train and automobnile for their respective homes acorss Ontario. Friday hearings generally run through lunch with recess in the ealry afternoon.
Eugene Larocque, the former bishop of the diocese has finished his testimony. I hear he gave an apology! “If I’ve hurt anyone….”
Perhaps Bishop Larocque might pop in to to see Perry at the Don?
Right this moment Helen is en route to Toronto to see Perry at the Don (Don Valley jail). She will stay in Toronto with a dear friend until Perry’s court appearance (Wednesday, 03 September 2008.)
Perry moved from cell to cell yesterday – three cells in one day! No change in his Don surroundings. He is still in a 6′ x 7′ windowless cell.
No He now has a bed. No table. He does now have his few meagre possession. I understand he has to lie on the floor to write, and, of course, has nothing but a stub of a pencil to write with – not the best way in the world to prepare for court. He had a flu bug – sounds like it was thankfully short-lived.
Just talked to Helen. She wants to thank those who came to the rally. Your presence was deeply appreciated.
Will get back with more details on everything later. I was just too wiped when I got home last night to do a thing so do want to get busy and get the media of both yesterday and today posted.
The rally went well. A good turnout. Good signs.
I have no idea of numbers – will have to see if anyone did a head count.
Ron Leroux turned up at the rally. He did! More on that later.
The SIU (Special Investigations Unit) blew it completely. Roger will have nothing to do with them now. More on that too.
The Weave shed public gallery was packed to the hilt yesterday. After the rally people poured in to catch the proceedings. Many were sporting Free Perry Dunlop stickers . Also in and out of the Weave Shed throughout the day were some of Roger’s biker supporters. You could have heard a pin drop in there when one strode in – a BIG man – chains and buckles glistening.
A victim in the States redid the lyrics to Simon & Garfunkles “The Sounds of Silence.” John MacDonald was going to sing it at yesterday’s rally. John started – people instantly joined in. A few tears. Very moving. Powerful and touching lyrics. Here they are:
The Silence of Perry Dunlop
By Vinnie Nauheimer
Hello Perry our old friend
We’ve come to meet with you again
About an evil softly creeping
Left its seeds as Cornwall was sleeping
And the problem that gave Cornwall its dark stain
Echoes your choice of silence
In contempt you’re locked in a cell
They’ve made your life a living hell
Because it’s you they fear the most
And for this they’re going to make you roast
For your heart was stabbed by the sound of a child’s shriek
Touched by a freak!
And echoed the calls for silence
And in this naked kid you saw
A thousand children maybe more
Children screaming without a speaking
Parents hearing without a listening
People hiding things that daylight never saw
And no one dared
Disturb the bounds of silence
“Fools,” said he, “you can not know
Abuse like a cancer grows”
In Cornwall underneath your nose
Rich and powerful have the dough
And his words, like silent snowflakes fell
In the halls of justice
Perry Dunlop yelled and screamed
And all he got was demeaned
Our Perry shouted out his warning
That no justice was a coming
And Perry said, “The names of the perverts are written on our leaders walls
And rectory halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence
Thank you Vinnie. Thank you. I believe we’ll hear those words in front of Osgoode Hall on Wednesday 🙂
03 September 2008: Osgoode Hall, Toronto.
Perry is scheduled to appear before Ontario Divisional Court judges for sentencing on his criminal contempt conviction. (He will have completed his first six month sentence for the civil contempt conviction – and then some. Justice Glaude and the office of the Ontario Attorney General want him sentenced to 15 months on the criminal contempt conviction.)
Mark your calendar! Be there. Find your voice. Speak up.
People are asking about bumber stickers: how to get them? We need to do another run. Costly. If anyone would like to contribute to the cause please let me know and we’ll take it from there.
Enough for now,