Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Carleton University vs Pro-Life Students: Trespass Charges Withdrawn

Finally, some common sense in this appalling case of censorship and power abuse:
OTTAWA, ON. November 1, 2011- Trespassing charges that were filed against members of Carleton Lifeline, the pro-life student club at Carleton University, were withdrawn by the Crown yesterday.

On October 4, 2010, members of Carleton Lifeline, a pro-life club at Carleton University, were arrested for attempting to peacefully display the Genocide Awareness Project, an exhibit which compares abortion to other forms of genocide. The University deemed the Genocide Awareness Project to be “offensive” and directed the Ottawa Police Service to arrest and charge four Carleton University tuition-paying students and a Queen’s University student with trespassing. The charges were scheduled to proceed to trial today and tomorrow (November 2nd, 2011).
But here's the bad news: In a subsequent decision, the judge ordered the students to pay Carleton University over $18,400 in legal costs associated with the students' motion to strike the case against them as frivolous. Hopefully this can still be appealed. After all, the fact that the charges didn't last, proves just that - that the arrest was wrongful and the case against the students was frivolous.

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