Opinion: Cases like Colten Boushie’s are handled unjustly, and there’s nothing wrong with saying that: Neil Macdonald – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2018135 Views

Justice must be seen to be done, not just done

Feb 13, 2018

For what it’s worth, federal Conservative politicians are expressing great concern that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his justice minister may have somehow harmed the judicial process by implicitly criticizing the acquittal of an Indigenous man’s killer by a Saskatchewan jury last week.

Well, setting aside for a moment that the Conservatives are the official Opposition, and reflexively oppose everything Trudeau does or says, and further setting aside the fact that Trudeau’s remarks were his usual dollop of largely meaningless pablum, what exactly would be the problem if he’d had the bottle to actually speak plainly and critically about what happened in that courtroom?

The facts are these: an all-white jury, deliberating under the supervision of a white judge, decided that a white farmer, Gerald Stanley, who killed a young Indigenous man, Colten Boushie, was not guilty of murder. The farmer argued that his gun just went off.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/stanley-verdict-1.4532212

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