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Taman stream of consciousness (7)

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The plot thickens.The Taman inquiry was expected to have four or five highly anticipated appearances. Former ESP Police Chief Harry Bakema was one. So was current ESP Chief Norm Carter. The surprise appearance of WPS Chief Keith McCaskill was somewhat dramatic, as was the testimony of WPS Sgt. Sean Black, the man who hosted the party the morning of Crystal Taman's death.For my money, the second-most anticipated testimony will start today with the swearing in of special prosecutor Marty Minuk. (The most anticipated testimony will come later in August when Derek Harvey-Zenk, the man who killed Taman, takes the stand.) It was Minuk's decision to drop alcohol-related charges against Harvey-Zenk that sparked the public outrage that sparked the inquiry. And it will be unique testimony we hear today - rarely if ever is a prosecutor asked to explain his "work product," the reasoning he employed for an important decision. This will provide an unprecedented look deep into the heart of the horse trading that goes on daily in the justice system.More later.....-30-

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About Dan Lett

Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.

Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.

In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.

He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.

In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.

Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.

Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.

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