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Some people just cannot “let go”

Some people just cannot “let go”

TORONTO – Agreed, the judicial process, what we in Western cultures have come to identify as “due process” or “equality before the law”, does not always satisfy the fixated, the malicious or the just plain stupid.
 
But, it is hard to fathom the “reasonableness” of justifications behind motivations that led to round two of prosecutions against Pat Sorbara and Gerry Lougheed. 
Remember that the duo had been investigated, tried and acquitted of any wrongdoing – by a Court of Law – on charges of bribery and corruption under the criminal code.
 
Should have been “case closed”. Yet some luminary in the bowels of Elections Ontario, that verdict notwithstanding, and fully equipped with the zealotry associated with knowing better, prompted a second kick at the can. The OPP obliged by laying lesser charges under administrative law provisions.
 
Neither of them could have seriously been considering that a different verdict might have been possible. That was how Justice Howard Borenstein saw it with his “directed verdict”. Let me paraphrase him: there is nothing here; no evidence, nothing to substantiate the charges, nothing to warrant continuation with this charade, never guilty!
 
So why drag people’s good name through the mud – so to speak? What purpose is there to compelling people to go through the expense and tribulations of an exercise to defend their good name, when their name was already clear(ed)? Was there some great legal principle that had somehow been stomped upon?
 
The evidence points to the contrary. PC leader, Patrick Brown, anxious to let the public know he exists, seized the “trial” as an opportunity to allege that the Premier herself was being prosecuted. 
Premier Wynne had agreed to appear in Court in support of her staffer, Ms Sorbara.
 
Mr Brown is no stranger to manipulation of the nomination process on the part of Party leadership intent on securing “winning candidates”, in ridings where an identified group might swing the balance. 
Surely he doesn’t think believe that the electorate will be seduced by the suggestion that others as “sinful as he”?
 
What is deplorable though is the reaction of people who should have been embarrassed by the whole proceedings. A lawyer/columnist for a Toronto newspaper now owned by a New York “Vulture Fund” expressed his disappointment “ex-cathedra“ at Justice Borenstein’s decision to dismiss the case against Sorbara and Lougheed as follows: “Avoiding a crime may be all that is needed to win in court on judgment day. Our ethical expectations should be set considerably higher at the polls come election day.”
 
There was no crime. Ask Justice Borenstein.
 
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