Hearings resume at 0930 hours this morning, Monday, 18 January 2009. Shelley Hallett will take the stand.
Today will be a long day. Cosette Chafe (Victim Witness Assistance Program) who started testifying Friday afternoon is scheduled to resume her testimony at 6 pm. I believe the plan is to have Hallet on the stand until 5 pm, take a one hour supper break, and return to carry on with Chafe. They will sit until 9 pm. I am sure the hope there is that that will be sufficient time to complete Chafe’s testimony.
I can’t imagine that Shelley Hallett will be finished in one day so would guess she will be back on Tuesday morning. And there’s a good chance she will be back on Wednesday. But, I could be wrong. I don’t quite know any more whose testimony commission counsel believes warrants a little more in depth than an on and off the stand in one day. And, only 10 days to go!
After Hallett it will be Lidia Narozniak. Narozniak was the Crown at what I call the second Leduc “trial.” Mark my words there will be lots of excoriation of Perry from Norozniak. It was hard to tell who Norozniak was working for: Leduc? or the Crown? The transcripts are rife with errors. Perry was torn limb from limb. She did nothing. Nothing to try to clarify or set the record straight. Nothing to ensure Perry’s rights were protected. Nothing!
That one I will never ever forget. Four horrific days of it.
I believe it was after that round that Helen vowed: “Never again!”
People are wondering what to expect of Hallett’s testimony. I don’t know. When it comes to Perry I don’t anticipate anything other than the institutional status quo. I know that Hallett had bought into the ‘Perry is a rogue cop manipulating the victims’ spin. That’s what she would have been fed by other Crowns and AG staffers when she took over from Robert Pelletier, and that’s what she would have been told by CPS and OPP officers. That was the going line. I believe Hallett unfortunately fell for it. Why would she not?
Now that she knows first-hand how vicious things can get in Cornwall Hallett may have had pause to think and re-assess. That would be refreshing, but, ….she’s still an employee of the AG’s office. I won’t count on it.
That aside I do hope Hallett tells all about the OPP Project Truth officers throwing her to the wolves to spare their own hides. She didn’t deserve that. No one does. At least in that she knows a small measure of what Perry has endured.
I added a new page on Father Gary Ostler. I came across some information which I wanted to post and realized I never did add his name to the list of Priests charged, sued or accused. Since compiling that list my software changed and I can no longer add to the blue drop-down menu. I have therefore posted the link to Father Gary Ostler down a little on the right-hand-side of The Diocese page.
Added to the Father Gary Ostler information is an external link to an audio of Father Rudy Villineuve’s homily after Father Gary Ostler’s death. It’s not too long and is worth a listen to.
While adding the Father Gary Ostler page I decided that since his brother Father David Oslter is named as someone who was seen at Ken Seguin’s home and/or Malcolm MacDonald’s cottage I had best also start a page for him and relocate the information I had posted about his travails in Arizona to a new page. That has been done.
I would like to add more information about both the Ostlers, i.e., which parishes they served in and when but don’t have the time to go through books to do that right now. I will leave things as they are for now.
We have heard that Brockville Crown attorney Curt Flanagan used Malcolm MacDonald’s “exemplary” background as grounds to champion an absolute discharge for a lawyer and former Crown attorney who pled guilty to a charge of attempt to obstruct justice.
I am hard pressed to understand how Flanagan could have concluded that Malcolm had an “exemplary” background when the man’s drinking was definitely the talk of the town and, in addition, there were at the very least, whispers about his sexual proclivity for young boys.
In regard to the former there is something I have been meaning to ask….
Does anyone have information about Malcolm MacDonald’s run-ins with the law while under the influence?
I have long heard of Malcolm’s affinity for the bottle. Over the years I heard many a tale from many a soul of Malcolm staggering out of the Cornwallis Hotel, or a tipsy Malcolm conducting business in the pub.
More recently I heard of two incidents involving Malcolm allegedly under the influence while behind the wheel.
The first incident was perhaps in the late 60s or early 70s while Malcolm was still Cornwall Crown attorney. The story goes that a tipsy Malcolm was pulled over by police on 13 th Street. He was told to head straight home. Malcolm did as told and, tipsy as ever, took the wheel and headed for home. Minutes later he rear-ended a car.
Police were involved but I don’t believe charges were laid.
The second is more serious.
Malcolm was allegedly involved in an accident, late 70s early 80s. His car was totalled. People were injured. It is said there was media coverage. Malcolm was allegedly sent for rehab.
If indeed there were charges in the latter incident both Malcolm’s lawyer and Crown Curt Flanagan would have or should have known.
Does anyone have any more information on these or any of Malcolm’s other escapades while under the influence?
I got my Christmas decorations down – hate to see them go but good to get it done. As I was working I was thinking: How many millions of dollars has it cost to get Father Charles MacDonald and Jacques Leduc off the hook by portraying Perry Dunlop as the devil incarnate and David Silmser as a money-grubbing liar? How many millions?
And that’s the bottom line of it all.
That’s what we’re witnessing.
A multi-million dollar cover-up.
Enough for now,