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The presumption of innocence is for courtrooms, not politics

Jan 30 2018 — Michael Spratt — The political reckoning was quick. In the span of less than a week, allegations of sexual harassment and sexual impropriety destroyed the political futures of four separate men in politics. Nova Scotia PC leader Jamie Baillie was forced out as party leader and later resigned his seat in the legislature after allegations of workplace sexual […]

Don’t expect fireworks at the Mike Duffy trial

Apr 7 2015 — Michael Spratt — There will be no escaping the Mike Duffy trial. With the national media descending on a nondescript Ottawa courtroom, and the 135-seat overflow room, resistance will be futile. Why would anyone want to resist? The political theatre will be glorious. Secrets will be revealed, backroom politicking will be exposed, and the court will pass judgment […]

Presumed guilty: DNA and the police

Dec 10 2013 — Michael Spratt — Justice Minister Peter MacKay has said his government is examining legislation that would authorize seizing DNA samples from people who have been accused — but not found guilty — of criminal offences. The idea is, of course, getting support from the police. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said that allowing police to take DNA from people […]

Walking a razor’s edge in the Senate scandal

Nov 27 2013 — Michael Spratt — The revelations in the RCMP’s latest information to obtain (ITO) filed in relation the Senate scandal and the criminal allegations against Senator Duffy and Nigel Wright offer no good news for anyone involved. Contrary to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s initial claims, there wasn’t just one person — or even a handful of people — connected […]