Friday, November 5, 2010

Trial Delayed, Linda Gibbons Still In Jail

Again, justice has been denied to Canada's prisoner of conscience:
TORONTO, Ontario, November 5, 2010 ( – A development that the presiding judge described as having the potential for “dire implications” scuttled an expected trial of Linda Gibbons last week. The judge made the decision to delay the trail on the morning of October 29, when the long-time pro-life demonstrator appeared in a downtown Toronto courtroom to answer a charge of disobeying a court order.

At issue is a meeting held in 2001 between representatives of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General and lawyers for 18 pro-life demonstrators who were named in a 1994 temporary court injunction prohibiting pro-life activity within certain zones around specified Toronto abortion sites.
Gibbons has been imprisoned continuously since January 20, 2009 on the latest and other charges. About a half-dozen of her supporters were in the courtroom for the October 29 hearing, who stood as she entered and left the room.

Another conviction for disobeying a court order is being pursued to the Supreme Court of Canada on the basis that Gibbons was improperly prosecuted in a criminal, rather than civil court for violating terms of the 1994 court injunction.
Today is November 5, 2010. Linda has been in jail awaiting trial for 1 year, 9 months and 16 days. Her "crime" was merely praying peacefully by an abortion mill. Apparently the Ontario judiciary considers that to be far more threatening than robbery, assault or whatever else can get a person locked up for almost 2 years with no right to early release, automatic parole and other perks that our justice system offers so generously... Unless you are a harmless pro-life protester.

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