Rushing won’t ensure justice

Editor:

Re: Blame those responsible, Aug. 25

Letter-writer Jim Simpson is to be commended for his articulate letter, pointing out the other side of the story, concerning lack of charges from the Vancouver riots.

Editor:

Re: Blame those responsible,    Aug. 25

Letter-writer Jim Simpson is to be commended for his articulate letter, pointing out the other side of the story, concerning lack of charges from the Vancouver riots.

There has been concern that the police appear to have considerable video and photographic evidence, but are not bringing suspects before the court. Recently there have been several news reports of serious cases being dismissed, not on merit but because defence counsel has successfully argued a breach of charter rights. The most recent was a high-profile drug case in Richmond.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not recognize the rights of the victim, the burden of proof or the rule of law. Regardless of the facts, the charter applies to the law and is supreme when the court accepts any defence argument on a breach of legal rights.

The high courts also support the charter and their interpretations have set binding precedents for the lower courts. With respect to Sec. 10 (b) of the charter, the high court has ruled the police must not only inform the accused of his right to retain and instruct counsel, but the accused must understand this charter warning. This was the basis for dismissal in the Richmond case.

Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu obviously understands the implications of the charter and is no doubt ensuring that all provisions of the charter are met before charges are brought before the court.

Bill Parrott, Surrey

 

Just Posted

Surrey Board of Trade fears SkyTrain expansion will impede other transit needs

‘We need transit improvements in all of Surrey,’ Anita Huberman says

Surrey RCMP, firefighters support Cloverdale boy’s lonely lemonade stand

Parker, 7, had few takers until Surrey first responders heard his call

North Delta Secondary teacher up for B.C. education award

Prabhjot Grewal is up for a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education in the Outstanding New Teacher category

Public hearing set for two Surrey modular housing projects for homeless

Surrey council set to vote Monday on projects in Guildford, Whalley

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Trudeau says Ottawa open to proposals for B.C. refinery as gas prices soar

Prime minister says he knows B.C. residents are struggling and the federal government is open to ideas

Most Read

l -->