No Sunshine in Canada
The recent publication ban in the trial of the two people charged in the death of Victoria Stafford has a lot of people upset, and I am one of them. I have been waiting to hear about Justice being served and that the people responsible were going to be punished for what they did. But now we are not permitted to know the slightest bit of information. I would like to know why. Are the details of the case so horrible that the judge does not want it printed in fear of great public outrage? Or is it something else? Speculation will be rampant, and in my opinion might be worse than the truth. Whatever might be the case we have a right to know. Secrecy and Justice should not be in the same sentence. People across the Country followed this case, and especially in Ontario children were kept closer to home, parents fearing for their safety. Tori’s mother was even accused of having some part in her daughters disappearance. Facts in this case have been scarce, and just when I thought we were going to get some answers, the gag was announced.
How can the public have confidence that Justice is being served when it is being done in a shroud of secrecy, and back room deals? Perhaps I have been spoiled by the Sunshine Law in the United States, and in the Casey Anthony trial watching it unfold on Live TV. Should Canada have the same thing? I wonder, just what is going on that the judge feels warrants this sweeping ban on information. I wonder.