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Taman stream of consciousness (10)

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After the drama of the final submission from commission counsel David Paciocco and Vincent Clifford, we turn our attention to the submissions of other parties to the inquiry. The order of the submissions has been pre-determined - first up is Gene Zazelenchuk, lawyer for the family of victim Crystal Taman. Zazelenchuk has generally been a source of some curiousity at this inquiry. His cross examinations have been occasionally derivative. Sometimes, they have been plain outrageous and on at least one occasion, inquiry commissioner Roger Salhany has had to strike one of Zazelenchuk's comments from the record.His final submission was, thankfully, very brief. Zazelenchuk focused on what he believed was the bad faith shown by the Winnipeg Police Service's Professional Standards Unit. Paciocco did not find bad faith in the PSU's actions; he did find they were incompetent and less than rigorous in their investigation of the actions of off-duty cops who partied the night away with Derek Harvey-Zenk, the cop who killed Taman. Paciocco found the East St. Paul police department was guilty of bad faith, a major reason why he has recommended to Salhany that a new criminal investigation for obstruction of justice be commenced. (Salhany has the power to recommend such an investigation.)We should hear today from cousnel for East St. Paul police department. It will be a fascinating submission because ESP cops took the brunt of Paciocco's criticism the previous day, and because they are the only subjects of the inquiry who it has been recommended should be subject to a criminal investigation.More this afternoon.-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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