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Rahim Jaffer - bends over to get a slap on the wrist.

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    I am sure that from now on, anybody who claims the drugs in their car aren't theirs will get off like this guy! ya right...

    National Post editorial board: Failure to prosecute
    Posted: March 12, 2010, 9:00 AM by NP Editor
    Editorial, Canadian politics

    The explanations on offer for Rahim Jaffer’s fortuitous escape from impaired driving and drug possession charges are wholly inadequate. The Crown says only that there was no reasonable prospect of conviction — which we’d hope would go without saying, given that it dropped the charges. There are reports an inexperienced officer somehow bungled a strip search of the former Conservative MP, tainting key evidence — but this is disquieting, not reassuring. And unless the officer ordered a nude breathalyzer test, we fail to see what bearing it should have had on the impaired driving charge.

    Police said they clocked Mr. Jaffer driving 43 km/h over the speed limit, that he failed a breathalyzer test, and that they found cocaine in his car. Any Canadian caught in such a situation would have just cause for heart palpitations. And yet Mr. Jaffer walked away with no criminal record and a measly $500 fine. The public has a right to know why — and whether this is, in fact, an unusual outcome.

    The Liberals, never missing a chance to miss the point, have delighted in insinuating that political influence was somehow in the mix: Mr. Jaffer is the husband of federal Cabinet minister Helena Guergis. But there’s absolutely no reason to believe there’s any truth behind the allegation; this was a provincial prosecution.

    The real danger is that Canadians will lose confidence in the justice system — not necessarily on grounds that it favours well-connected people, but that it’s simply inconsistent. It’s no more important to know the circumstances of Mr. Jaffer’s big break than any other random motorist’s. What’s important is that Canadians be confident that Cabinet ministers’ husbands and random motorists are treated equally under the law.

    Indeed, this should be part of a much larger and very important conversation. The idea that excellent legal representation helped get Mr. Jaffer off the hook, while plausible, is itself far from reassuring. What about the schlub making do with a public defender? Should he go to jail just because he’s poor?

    Ontario Attorney-General Chris Bentley has made some encouraging noises about the public’s right to an explanation. “I think the Crown explaining more fully [its reasons for dropping the charges] is probably an appropriate issue to be raised,” he said Wednesday. Darn right — but Mr. Bentley should raise it himself, posthaste, and should take on the responsibility for explaining cases like this to his constituents.

    Read more: National Post editorial board: Failure to prosecute - Full Comment
  2. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    bonnie and clyde
  3. I_bRAD

    I_bRAD TRIBE Member

    You think that's good, wait to see how the Bryant case turns out!
  4. Maui

    Maui TRIBE Member

    Actually, for the amount he probably had in his car, it's a defense that can be used. Any guest he had in his car could have put a small quantity in his car without him knowing. Obviously an ounce or something would be something different.

    Why is anyone amazed that a high profile person with money got off charges? That is how our system works...
  5. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    The Federal Tories: The Party of Law & Order, indeed. Real tough on crime. Like, for real and stuff.
  6. AgentSanchez

    AgentSanchez TRIBE Promoter

    (ya know.. if they don`t have any connections or anything)
  7. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    The Canadian Press

    OTTAWA—CBC Television's The National is reporting that Crown prosecutors were forced to abandon drunk-driving and drug possession charges against former Conservative MP Rahim Jaffer because of actions taken by police, which included a strip search.

    Jaffer was arrested by Ontario Provincial Police last September when he was caught speeding. Police later charged him with impaired driving, cocaine possession and dangerous driving.

    Earlier this year, Jaffer pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of careless driving, igniting a storm of controversy about how the former parliamentarian got the break.

    The report by anchor Peter Mansbridge says lawyers for Jaffer attempted to get through to him at a police station in Caledon, Ont. while he was undergoing a breathalyzer test.

    Jaffer had spoken briefly to legal aid lawyers, and the report says police had told his Calgary-based counsel that he could not break away to speak to them. The CBC also reported that his alcohol levels were only slightly above the legal limit.

    The report also said that Jaffer had been strip-searched. Legal experts interviewed by the CBC suggested the move was highly unusual for a person with no prior police record who could be easily identified and located afterward.

    The CBC said it put its story together based on confidential conversations with sources familiar with the case.

    The incident exploded in the news again last week, when details emerged about the business contacts Jaffer had been meeting with earlier that evening.

    One of those contacts, Nazim Gillani, is currently facing an unrelated fraud charge related to a wire transfer. He had told other associates in an email after his meeting with Jaffer that thanks to the former MP, the doors of the Prime Minister's Office would be open to them.

    Jaffer's business partner, Patrick Glemaud, said Tuesday that suggestion was ridiculous because Jaffer and Stephen Harper disliked each other, and their company did not do any paid business with Gilani at any time. Gillani has also through his lawyer said that the email was "overly enthusiastic."

    Harper turfed Jaffer's wife, Helena Guergis, from the Conservative caucus in the wake of the stories, citing unspecified allegations against her that he had referred to the RCMP and the ethics commissioner.

    The Commons ethics commissioner has said that based on the information she has, she is unable to proceed with an inquiry.
  8. gl*tch

    gl*tch TRIBE Member

    saw the cbc story last night and was shocked at the combination of police flubs and the leniancy shown to this guy.
  9. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    the phrase is a code
  10. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    average people get a 'slap on the wrist' for shit like this all the time. probably every day, in our courts in toronto. the difference is: this case was publicized because of jaff's high profile.

    i would hazard that 'most' minor possession charges like this one end up with the same result, so long at the defendant doesn't have a pre-existing criminal record, or past charges.

    otherwise, our jails would be full of every day, typically innocent working citizens that just had a baggie on them, because that's how they get down on saturday nite.
  11. the_fornicator

    the_fornicator TRIBE Member

    "This shit" being possession of cocaine compounded with going 43 over?

    And by "all the time", I'm sure the number of convictions to 'slap on the hands' ratio is nominal.

    It is blown out of proportion, but anybody else in this scenario, 99% of the time, would see much harsher punishment.
  12. Maui

    Maui TRIBE Member

    Nah, minor possession charge for a first time offender would be a conditional dishcharge or a conviction with some community service.

    As far as the drunk driving goes, if he was just slightly over that would be hard to convict as there has to be some degree of leeway on the breathalyzer test. He could just say he had a cold and took some cough medication.

    I have a friend who just got caught with an ounce in their car and it's their second drug charge so I'm interested to see what she gets for that.
  13. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    yeah the courts are backed way up with cases like this. they're just usually not high-profile people. How many people were busted at Comfort Zone a while back? What was the outcome of the majority of those charges? Harsher punishments? Doubt it. I doubt they're all in the clink serving time either! :D

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