Bishop Raymond Lahey has another court date today, Friday, 19 February 2010. I had been thinking of going but decided against.
I menetioned before that I arrived there last week and it was all wrapped up a few days earlier. Well, here is what happened. The court date had been set on Wednesday 03 February 2010 for 9 am 12 February 2010 in courtroom #8. As I mentioned in that blog, the date had momentarily been set for 05 February 2010, and then there was some talk about the judge which was difficult to catch and then a rapid change to 12 February 2010 – all agreeing that their calendars were open for that date and time.
On 05 February Lahey’s defence filed an application to change the date to 08 February 2010. According to the Application,
“Application is made for the following exceptional circumstances:
“This matter was previously set for trial readiness court on Feb. 12, 2010 to be spoken to. However, Counsel will be unavailable and wishes to bring the matter forward to be spoken to on February 8, 2010.”
I did sit in on proceedings in courtroom #8 last week. It apparently is the courtroom which deals with issues related to trial readiness, i.e., one defence lawyer was asking for an extension because other charges had been brought forward against his client, others were seeking delays for whatever reason. It seems to me it’s like remand court but a step closer trial?
No matter, I think anything of interest which had to be said in public would have been addressed on the 8th. I missed it 🙁 What they’re up to tomorrow I have not the foggiest, but I don’t think I’ll be missing much – it’s like a sausage factory in there too :).
As it stands it would seem that things are stuttering along toward trial – no plea therefore seems it must be a ‘not guilty’?
Of interest, Lahey’s high profile lawyer Michael Edelson has now been retained by Colonel Russell Williams. (Williams is in custody at the Quinte detention Centre. That’s the same place they had poor Perry locked up for a spell- possibly even the same cell? )
And, of course, while all of this plays out, the sex abuse allegations against Roman Catholic priest and now retired Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces chaplain Monsignor Roger Bazin loom large.
I said I would be getting more info here. I have been doing a bit of digging around but have to delve into files related to the lawsuit launched against me by now deceased priest, Father Lorne Whalen. Whalen had been a military chaplain for a spell – just before he surfaced in the sanctuary of my church. Bazin was Chaplain General at the time.
The action against me was dropped after six long years.
The action was also against the Ottawa Sun. The Sun had been going to see the case to trial but, unfortunately, decided at the 11 th hour it would be cheaper to pay Whalen a few thousand dollars than go to trial. Such a shame.
Anyway, I have raft of files related to the lawsuit which I must go through now. In light of the charges against Bazin I will most definitely share what may be of interest.
Day 3 of Lent. One bishop (Raymond Lahey) heading toward trial of kiddie porn charges, the former Chaplain General/Brigadier General (Roger Bazin) of the armed forces facing child sex abuse charges, and the Colonel of the Trenton, Ontario Air Force base (Russell Williams) facing charges of murder, sexual assault and who knows what.
God help us.
I have several emails to answer. I will do so next week. It’s been a bad week health-wise for my husband and self, plus boxes from finally Ireland arrived and I have been up to my ears unpacking and getting things squared away. I’m still at it, but getting there. This nearly brings to close the long painful journey which started last August. It’s been a difficult time.
Enough for now,