UPDATE: CHCH News, April 14/10: McHale v. OPP & Crown
Gary McHale advises that, as expected, the Crown today dropped the Obstructing Justice charges against Deputy Commissioner Lewis and Superintendent Gentle after fast-tracking the hearing from April 28th to today.
- McHale letter to Crown, April 09/10: re McHale v. Gentle and Lewis
The Crown dropped the charge without even consulting the victim of the alleged obstruction of justice – McHale himself, and accused him of abusing the court system – a tired refrain that seems quite silly since McHale has now won 4 Superior Court decisions and three others before Justices of the Peace in the area of private prosecutions. If McHale is abusing the courts, the Crown must also believe the various judges who agree with him are doing so as well. This is an insult to the Court.
According to McHale the media present for the hearing were disgusted by the Crown’s actions. Al Sweeny of CHCH News kept asking why the Crown just didn’t let the charges be heard by a judge, but neither the Crown nor the OPP lawyer would respond:
- CHCH News, April 14/10: McHale v. OPP & Crown
- CD98.9 Radio, April 14/10: Police Officers in Court Today for McHale Accusations [REPRINT]
- Hamilton Spectator, April 14/10: Caledonia activist says obstruction charges withdrawn against 2 OPP officers [REPRINT]
McHale plans to apply for a judicial review in Superior Court, just as he is currently doing in the case of Julian Fantino who was ordered to stand trial for Influencing Municipal Official – the crown dropped that charge as well.
- VoiceofCanada, March 16/10: Senior OPP officers charged w/Obstructing Justice in McHale case
- VoiceofCanada, March 17/10: Minister knew about OPP obstruction allegations in 2008
- VoiceofCanada category: Fantino on Trial
It is sickening that instead of doing their jobs of acting in the best interests of the public the Crown would instead repeatedly cover up for what is clearly an utterly corrupted OPP leadership.
McHale is proving, time and time again, just how deep the rot and bias is within the Attorney General’s office, and he’s getting it on the record for the inevitable inquiry down the road that will benefit all of us.
Mark Vandermaas, Editor