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Common Sense & Family Matters

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.


May 3, 2010, 7:06 AM - Posted by | All News


  1. secrecy in the courts is not justice. when courts act behind closed doors and the truth is obscured then the freedom of all people is in danger. if a person is found not guilty then their life has not been destroyed, they have been vindicated. if a person has been found guilty and no one knows why then justice has been perverted.


    Comment by old white guy | May 3, 2010, 7:54 AM | Reply

  2. This ban brings back reminders of the Bernardo trial and the deal set up behind the scene with Homolka. God forbid that the same kind of machinations could possibly go on in this trial ensuring the public’s ignorance until the deed is done! That’s frightening in the extreme.


    Comment by Anne in sw ON | May 3, 2010, 11:18 AM | Reply

  3. Could it be they struck a deal and are being freed*like a witness protection*type thing? To start a new life?
    Does Canada also put child killers in “protective custody”?


    Comment by Terisa | May 3, 2010, 12:28 PM | Reply

  4. Thanks for this post Beast. I managed a post for MD when Victoria Stafford went missing. I am unsure of why there would be a gag order imposed. Would this be to protect the family from the gory details that are due to unfold? I know we Canadians are very secretive when it comes to law enforcement revealing any information. Do you have any idea how long these bans are enforced until they expire?


    Comment by snoopysleuth | May 3, 2010, 6:27 PM | Reply

  5. Even MGuinty has commented on the gag order. He said that in time “most” of the information will be made public. I wonder what he knows, and why he said that.


    Comment by Beast | May 3, 2010, 6:36 PM | Reply

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