An old saw about the law is that justice delayed is justice denied. Well, here in B.C., the land that justice forgot, delay and secrecy is the norm. Manipulation is standard procedure as a special prosecutor enmeshed in conflicts of interest misrepresents the people of the province in front of a hand picked judge who does her best to protect the right of the Campbell Cabal to withhold evidence and denies the public the right to know even what is happening in a case that so clearly involves breach of public trust in the disposal of public assets.
After almost a week and a half of delay, because one fall guy defendant "allegedly" had the sniffles or something, the trial and cross-examination of the first witness, Martyn Brown was supposed to resume yesterday. Even the often tardy and/or inaccurate court listings online had Regina v. Basi et. al. scheduled to resume at 10:00am yesterday. I'll let the best, though unaccreditated by lackeys unworthy of emptying the shavings from his pencil sharpener, JOURNALIST (Professor Emeritus Robin Mathews) covering this Kafkaesque trial describe his morning yesterday. (from Damnable Outrage at BC Mary's joint)
The electronic court list announced the BC Rail Scandal Basi, Virk, and Basi trial would go forward at ten a.m. this morning. It didn't.
......./snipit dee doo dah
I dressed, went in pouring rain to the court. I looked at the posted list. No Basi,Virk, and Basi. But I saw Madam Justice Anne MacKenzie will be hearing immigration matters at two this afternoon. The court is so regularly inefficient, I went up to courtroom 54 anyway. I waited a few minutes, and then ran into one of the sitting sheriffs. He recognized me and told me the sitting is adjourned for another day, and the lists must be watched from day to day - adjournment may extend.
Now Robin just had to go over to the West End from East Van. But someone like myself, if I had gone to Vancouver from my home in the Kootenays, as a concerned citizen, to pay attention the only way possible (due to the double whammy of a draconian publication ban on anything that happens out of the presence of the almost always not present jury and a lamestream press corps that thinks journalism is about pretending the trial doesn't exist), anytime in the last week or two I WOULD BE CHOKED!
There are very good comments accumulating at Mary's about this latest outrage and it is difficult to even pick part of one, but I will select part of a comment by lynx, a thoughtful, frequent commentor at Mary's joint.
"Damnable outrage" - yes, indeed, Robin.
Perhaps, it is more and more an advantage...and an honour that you are not deemed "worthy" of "accreditation", Robin....
It seems the more "She Who Must Be Obeyed" intervenes.... and stage-directs....and delays..... the more this kind of revealing behavior implicates both the court and those special few who think they are "protected" from implication.
So I guess I'll just have to continue to be in suspenders until I find out in a couple hours or so what they will think up for today to once again deny and delay justice to the people of British Columbia. I'm sure they can find something (after all, they don't even [can't even] have to explain) to quash today's proceedings and since J-Mac and the rest are TOO SPECIAL to work on Friday, that will make it two weeks gone - or put another way - Three weeks to elicit about two days of testimony from one witness - at this rate Gordo and Gang could make this trial extend beyond yet another election. Of course there's no point in that since they are all gonna be recalled this November!
Assholes in the Litter Box to the East!
From the Toronto Star:
OTTAWA – A Commons’ committee dissolved into an ugly display of yelling, insults and school yard taunting Wednesday, all sparked by the Conservatives’ decision to muzzle its political aides.
It culminated in a dramatic finger-wagging showdown between a heckling Transport Minister John Baird and Liberal MP Siobhan Coady.
“Listen, bullies in the school yard should never be listened to. My mother taught me that,” Coady said, adding that such screaming spectacles would never be tolerated in the private sector.
Bloc MP Michel Guimond gave the Conservative MPs and the cabinet ministers a tongue-lashing for not letting political staff speak, accusing them of “showing arrogance and clear disdain” for the Parliament.
“Once again, Conservatives think they are above the rules,” Guimond said. “The Conservatives are proving they have absolutely no respect towards our democratic institutions.”
NDP MP Nathan Cullen called it the “theatre of absurd.”
“When ministers are called to committees, they don’t show up. When you don’t call them, they bang down the doors looking to testify,” Cullen said.
* Could Wild Bill Berardino and (in)Justice Anne Mackenzie be the Twin Towers of Arrogance?