Perry Dunlop has finished 200 days in jail – on a six month sentence! – for civil contempt of court!!!This is the institutional response to allegations of childhood sexual abuse.
Perry starts a 30 day sentence for a criminal contempt conviction tomorrow.
30 days. Another 30 days for Perry. More punishment. But, on 04 October 2008 he will finally be a free man, at least as free as Perry will ever be :).
I got home late in the evening. A long day. Still sifting through my thoughts. They are mixed. I am happy Perry will be out in the not too distant future. I found the rationale for the sentencing decision confusing and disturbing.
For now, some quick comments and observations
(1) Seems there has been a lot of back-peddling going on behind closed doors. The orginal demand for a 15 month sentence for Perry’s criminal contempt was whittled down to demand for three to six months, and demand for three to six months became demand for three months, and those three months were whittled down to one month after Perry was awarded double time for the two weeks served prior to sentencing, and a further month was shaved off for mitigating circumstances such as serving the bulk of his time as “hard” time.
(The three days Perry was in custody after his initial arrest were excluded from time served. Justices Ferrier and Swinton decided that that those days were Perry’s ‘choice.’)
(2) Perry represented himself. He did a great job! No, he was not represented by Lawrence Greenspon. Perry was abandoned by Greenspon several weeks ago.
(3) Much relief from family and friends that Perry’s time behind bars is coming to an end. Perry’s mother Heather is quietly relieved. His sister Rosalie was ecstatic!
Helen is exhausted and weary. She had hoped against hope that Perry would be going home today, but, a month will slip by quickly.
(4) A hand-cuffed Perry was greeted with rousing applause each time he was brought into courtroom #3 at Osgoode Hall.
(5) Some of the mainstream media readily admit they know nothing of Cornwall, they don’t have a clue what the Weave Shed is or who Eugene Larocque is – but somehow they ‘know’ Perry is central to the inquiry and should testify ?!
I must say there was a surprising and discomfiting air of hostility to some of the questions put to Helen during a media scrum.
(6) Justice Ferrier’s first question to Perry was : ‘Do you still refuse to testify at the inquiry?’ Perry answered in the affirmative: That became grounds to “punish” Perry with a one month jail sentence for criminal contempt of court.
That begs the same old question: When will Perry’s “No” finally mean “No”? How many times will he be punished by “the system” for the same ‘crime’ of saying “No”? Is this really and truly the end of it?
(7) I’ve met some wonderful people at the courthouse in Toronto. More new faces today.
(8) I don’t know what happened to Roger. Perhaps more bike problems? He and his biker friends didn’t make it to Osgoode Hall, at least not before we all left for our respective homes.
(8) Monica, Heather and Marlee, your Dad is coming home. He’ll be with you for Thanksgiving. What a Thanksgiving dinner you’ll all have this year!
Bishop Paul Andre Durocher will resume his testimony
at 0930 hours at 11:30 am tomorrow morning (Thursday, 04 September 2008). I have no idea what happened today. I invite those who watched to blog and bring us up to date.
Enough for now,