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This article was published 29/7/2008 (3010 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Special prosecutor Marty Minuk
has finally taken the witness stand at the Taman inquiry. Commission counsel David Paciocco
is currently engaged in a pain-stakingly detailed direct examination of every moment of the prosecution of Derek Harvey-Zenk
. Although there is still much to come out, one fascinating observation that arose out of the examination this morning.Minuk was supposed to be a fully independent prosecutor. That means he is not to take any direction from Manitoba Justice. And yet, he had nearly 50 documented constacts with two senior officials in the justice department - Don Slough
and Brian Kaplan
, or their administrative assistants. At the very least, this to some extent betrays the notion of independence. It certainly does not show an effort to ensure the perception of independence.Was independence an important issue here? It goes to the very heart of the justice system's ability to properly prosecute police officers facing criminal charges.More later.-30-