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Father George Smith‘s arraignment  has been adjourned to 07 May 2012:

07 May 2012: Priest’s case set over to June

 According to the above report RCMP is waiting for information from Nova Scotia. Previous reports in early April indicated that there is another charge from Nova Scotia involving one of the current complainants, and also that there was a possibility of charges from New Brunswick.Smith is currently facing 62 charges from at least 11 complainants.

I wonder if, aside the additional charge related to a current complainant, there are more charges from Nova Scotia?   I wonder too if there is anything in the offing from New Brunswick?

We shall see.  But, oh my, this is so terribly frustrating for the complainants and their families.  Keep them all in your prayers.

Most people think that once there is a court date it is trial time.  Once upon a time I would have been included in those ranks.  Those who follow the site now know, as do I, that that alas is not at all the case.  In Canada it usually takes at least a year, usually more, from the time charges are laid until  trial – the intervening months are what I call the revolving door, with what seems like court date after court date, adjournment after adjournment, and regardless the circumstance each court date over in the twinkle of an eye, and usually without the presence of the accused.

There has to be  better way.  I don’t pretend to know what it is, but there has to be a better and more efficient way to handle these cases.

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I nearly missed this.  Oblate priest and former fugitive from justice Father Eric Dejaeger had a court date in Iqaluit today, to file formal indictment.  I hadn’t posted the date in the Legal Calendar so nearly missed it. I strongly rely on the Legal Calendar to keep on top of things – if for whatever reason I fail to enter a court date then I miss it.  I do try to enter new dates in Legal Calender immediately, but sometimes I miss.  If you ever notice  a date missing from the calendar please let me know.

I will be interested in hearing the outcome of today’s hearing.  I do believe that Malcolm Kempt, Dejaeger’s new lawyer, will  beg for time.  Given that Dejaeger’s former lawyer Andrew Mahar was appointed to the bench at the beginning of March Dejaeger had to retain a new lawyer.  As much as I hate to say it, I really don’t think Kempt has had enough time to get himself up to speed on the case.

And then of course there is the fact that the RCMP investigation in Igloolik was on-going even in mid March. As I blogged before, IF at the 11th hour there are further charges from that investigation, or IF at the 11th hour there is a stack of relevant documentation turned over to the Crown, then the Crown will have to beg for more time.

So, given the circumstances, I do think it’s highly possible if not probable that today’s hearing will be rescheduled. But we may just get a sense of what has been happening with the RCMP investigation

Again, we shall see…

Enough for now,

Sylvia

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