November 22, 2012

"Endemic problem" of resources led to dismissal of Airdrie sex assault case

EDMONTON, AB (November 22, 2012): The judge involved in the Airdrie sex assault case that was abruptly thrown out of court last month has confirmed what the PC government repeatedly denies, that the decision to throw the case out and let the accused go free was made because of an “endemic problem” of “court resources,”

Wildrose Airdrie MLA Rob Anderson revealed today.  Since Anderson originally brought up the case in the Legislature, both Premier Alison Redford, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis and senior Justice officials have denied the decision was made because of a lack of resources.  But according to court documents, Madam Justice Nation said her decision was attributable to “what we’ll call an endemic problem or a problem of court resources …”  The documents also reveal the accused’s lawyer saying “It is common knowledge that there are limits to institutional resources… We are seeing trials for some regional circuit points being set as far as one year or longer down the road.”  Anderson says the PC government must explain why they presented a false reason for the court’s decision and commit to fixing the shortfalls that are denying Albertans justice.  “Albertans are rapidly losing confidence in their justice system and this illustrates why,” Anderson said. “Cases are being lost and victims are suffering because of a lack of resources and the government is in full denial about it. This government must immediately conduct a full investigation into how we can fix this problem so justice is served for all Albertans.” 


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