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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-