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This article was published 15/7/2008 (3143 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Occasional breaking dispatches from the Taman inquiry for Monday July 14:East St. Paul Chief Norm Carter
finished up this morning. Over three days of sometimes gruelling questioning, Carter was forced to admit his contributions to one of the sloppiest criminal investigations ever. And yet, it's hard to get away from the fact that Carter was at least trying to be a good cop. It appears the combination of a horrible fatality, and the involvement of an off-duty Winnipeg cop, combined to create a hurricane that Carter couldn't contain or effectively navigate. He did make mistakes in handling the suspect, Derek Harvey-Zenk
, messed up his notes and made poor decisions about how to conduct the investigation. But did he sink the case against Harvey-Zenk? No.This afternoon, we're supposed to hear from former ESP chief Harry Bakema
, and it's going to get pretty interesting from this point on. Bakema has been soundly, roundly criticized by many witnesses. The testimony has been so bad for him to date that he's been painted into a pretty tight corner. Several witnesses have essentially suggested Bakema tried to scuttle the case against Harvey-Zenk to help a fellow cop. Others testified he was just plain incompetent. Bakema will likely offer a lot of spice to the inquiry - it's expected he's going to point a lot of accusing fingers back at his accusers.Stay tuned.