Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 07/14/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Veteran Manitoba Crown attorney Sean Brennan was fired after he dropped charges against a Winnipeg company involved in a workplace accident, only to have the company make a substantial financial donation to a charity he oversees. The story generated some interesting comments.
It would be inappropriate if Brennan was involved in the solicitation of the donation at anytime after he became involved in the prosecution.
The information being released is not sufficient to form an opinion; to keep public confidence in the justice system it is important that justice officials release all the information.
Hopefully Bristol will be able to clarify Brennan's involvement in the solicitation of the donation.
"The provincial government recently notified Sean Brennan he was being dismissed with cause following an investigation into his handling of a file."
Sounds like the government did their homework and connected the dots. They're just not saying yet. One is led to believe its not just a coincidence. Someone had to say, "He told us if we did this, the case would be dropped." Tough to fire a prosecutor.
The government would have to show there was a direct or seriously intimated "this for that." That would be an ethical violation. The ducks are likely in a row.
I assume the WFP is asking for the report.
What's sad is Brennan sounds like a well-motivated guy as he's not seeking a personal benefit. Sounds like he's done great things for the charity.
- bobby b
What a careless and foolish thing to do.
Abuse of power.
The NDP doesn't like its people being involved with charities. In the NDP's mind, all "charity" should be coming from the government. Selinger and his crew can't stand the idea that Manitobans would voluntarily give money to organizations that do good in the community, they believe that only the government should be allowed to be "charitable."
So this guy's out, he didn't do anything wrong, except cross the ideological path of the pathological provincial NDP.
All we have here is some circumstantial evidence that, on the surface, looks bad. But nobody should form any concrete opinions until more information is made available.
- Rodney 2
Brennan should clear the air by filing a grievance or suing for wrongful dismissal. The optics aren't good in terms of the timing of the dropped charges and the donation, but the rationale for dropping the charges should stand or fall on its own merit.
If the Crown attorney did something wrong, so did Bristol. Hopefully he is not the only one that has to bear the consequences.
Like other commenters here, I would like to see more facts about this. At this point, we have reports of two events: a stayed charge and a donation to charity. Whether or not one actually led to the other is the question not yet answered (although certainly implied by the reporter). There are just too many unnamed "sources" being relied upon in this article for me to believe I have an accurate picture of what actually happened.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 14, 2013 A1
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