02.10.2018 08:55 AM

Saskatchewan Burning


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    Marc says:

    This being Canada and not knowing much about criminal law I figured it would have been a manslaughter conviction.

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      Matt says:

      Warren, a question:

      What if any impact do you think Trudeau and Wilson-Raybould’s tweets commenting on this specific case and Wilson-Raybould’s decision to fly out and meet with the Boushie family will have on a possible appeal and Stanley’s upcoming trial on other charges?

      The tweets if you missed them:
      Justin Trudeau
      Just spoke with @Puglaas. I can’t imagine the grief and sorrow the Boushie family is feeling tonight. Sending love to them from the US.

      Jody Wilson-Raybould (@Puglaas)
      “Thank you PM @JustinTrudeau. My thoughts are with the family of Colton Boushie tonight. I truly feel your pain and I hear all of your voices. As a country we can and must do better – I am committed to working everyday to ensure justice for all Canadians

      They seem highly inappropriate to me, but I’m not a lawyer.

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        Matt says:

        Sorry, that was supposed to be a standalone comment I accidentally attatched as a reply to Marc’s comment

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        Warren says:

        Discussed them in my law class today. Everyone agreed they were problematic.

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          Robert White says:

          Please elaborate on your law class, Warren?

          What are you teaching/learning these days? I took first year law in university, but never took anymore that the core course material for the credit. What do real lawyers discuss these days?


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    merrill smith says:

    It would hardly be an adequate result, but could he not be charged with dangerous use of a firearm or something like that? And I wonder if that firearm was itself legal, or are farmers now allowed to use any weapon these choose on varmints, whether two legged or four?

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      Matt says:

      If I’m not mistaken, Stanley still has other charges pending and is set to go to trial in March.

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    Steve T says:

    Please elaborate on how this is a miscarriage of justice.

    Presumably the jury saw more evidence than any of us in the public saw. Every day, there are countless deaths that go unprosecuted because of the circumstances. We have a justice system that holds the burden of proof to the same standard, regardless of the race of the alleged perpetrator and the race of the victim.

    We don’t send people to prison just because they are a particular race, or the victim is a particular race.

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      Fred from BC says:

      Accidental discharge, obviously. “Intent” changes everything as far as the law is concerned.

      And speaking of “intent”, Boushie and his friends were reportedly armed with a rifle and intoxicated. After breaking a window and attempting (but failing) to steal a vehicle at another farm earlier, they then went to Stanley’s farm and attempted the same thing (only with an ATV). Stanley fired TWO WARNING SHOTS in the air trying to scare them off, and when that failed supposedly tried to remove Boushie and a companion from a truck after they had rammed it(?). Boushie allegedly also had a loaded rifle between his legs when he was (accidentally) shot…

      (there’s more, but you get the gist of it, right?)

      Why is it that after seeing only the verdict (and angry relatives vowing justice) on the CTV News, and then coming here and reading all these hostile posts alleging an “appalling miscarriage of justice” and accusations of “murder!”, the only way I can access the *real* story is by Googling it? Did it not occur to anyone else here to do the same? When you hear that a man was acquitted of shooting another man in the back of the head, did you not even wonder if maybe, just maybe, there might be MORE TO THE STORY than just that? Seriously?

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    Shawn says:

    As a card carying metis, to all you race baiters and virtue signalers……………..go fuck yourselves.

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    Robert White says:

    As a 7th generation Canadian white Anglo-Saxon male, and one that actually cares about politics & jurisprudence in CANADA, this so-called anecdotal case reeks to high heaven of systemic discrimination based on the jury selection process that is anything but inclusive of race, colour, creed, gender, religion, et cetera. The jury was stacked due to the biased jury selection process that does not conform to our Charter of Rights & Freedoms with respect to criterion of fairness along lines of cultural representativeness. First Nations culture is not represented on the jury whatsoever, and this is a Saskatchewan court case.

    I smell a rat too.


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      SodaClub says:

      Tried by a jury of his peers, or the victim’s peers? I guess in Canada they are not one and the same. I’m confident Justin and Jody will get this all straightened out lickety split.

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        Robert White says:

        Justice must appear to be inherent in the decision making, but in this particular case justice did not appear to be evident in the ruling. Activists will march, and agitate, until Parliament investigates, or orders a new trial. The PM thinks the case stinks, and the PMO is certain to be looking into it, along with the Supreme Court of CANADA judiciary. Something will manifest this week undoubtedly.


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    Bruce M says:

    This attack on the law is so Trumpian.
    And the reporting is all about a supposed miscarriage of justice and systemic racism, rather than a recounting of details of the case.
    Comments by minister and PM are damaging to our entire justice system and remind me of the attack on our other bodies, corroding Canadians’ faith in government. This is why BC-ians and environmentalists have licence to oppose every development, even after years of reviews and hundreds of conditions.


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