Here are my notes from this morning’s BC Rail Corruption trial session in Courtroom 54 of the BC Supreme Court:
- Crown not ready, re-organizing trial strategy
- Eliminating witnesses, reducing trial length
- Will take till Monday next to get ready.
Outside the courtroom, Special Prosecutor Bill Barardino went off the record with the three reporters in court to try and explain why he’s delaying the trial again. Seems he’s not been able to reorganize his trial strategy and shorten the trial. He also wasn’t able to confirm that his next witness will be former finance minister Gary Collins, despite the fact that he’s sent a letter to the defense informing them that Collins is the next witness.
And why would the Special Prosecutor be ready? Taxpayers have only paid Barardino’s law firm almost $3.5 million in just the last four years to prosecute this case. Barardino’s been on the government’s tab for almost seven years now.
Here’s an alternate explanation of the Special Prosecutor’s request for another delay.
The Special Prosecutor’s strategy is in shambles following the deeply troubling testimony of his first two witnesses, Gordon Campbell Chief of Staff Martyn Brown and BC Rail Director Brian Kenning. Having his first key witnesses play Alzheimer’s patients through cross-examination was – to my eye – remarkably damaging to their credibility.
Perhaps future witnesses have checked in to see what’s happening in court and are bailing on the Special Prosecutor. If Martyn Brown had such a bad time, how do you think an admitted breaker of the law like Ken Dobell will do under a withering cross-examination? Or John MacLernon – Brian Kenning’s go to guy according to much of his testimony.
Or how about Gary Collins? He’s been represented – at taxpayer cost – by lawyer Clark Roberts for coming up to seven years. No doubt Collins assumes that he’s on lots of tape and in lots of notes, memos and emails, currently in the defense’s hands. Just how good could it be for this current lobbyist to end up on the receiving end in the courtroom?
Re-organizing trial strategy? What’s that they say about deck chairs and the Titanic?