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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Gross Injustice Continues

The judge in the trial of a youth accused of belonging to a homegrown terror cell ruled yesterday that a publication ban on the identities of his co-accused is necessary to "prevent a real and substantial risk to the fairness of their trial."

"It is difficult to conceive of a case in which there is a greater risk of sustained and prejudicial pre-trial publicity," wrote Superior Court Justice John Sproat in a ruling that was delivered in a Brampton court.

"Sustained and inflammatory pre-trial publicity may improperly influence and prejudice the minds of jury members despite their best efforts to set aside any bias and focus solely on the evidence heard in court."


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