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Omar Khadr: Free At Last!

A Canadian Citizen, wrongly convicted, free at last.

FREE OMAR

Free at last! To cheers in the courtroom, Judge Bielby announced Omar Khadr is free to go!
Today he will join the Edney family in their Edmonton home. Tonight he will enjoy his first home-cooked meal in 13 years.
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A large group of friends and supporters  were there to welcome Omar to Edmonton, his new home.
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In this letter to a member of the Free Omar Khadr Now group, Omar reveals his fondness and connection to the city where he will reside:
Since I’ve come to Edmonton I’ve been feeling more connected to this beautiful city and it’s wonderful people. Everytime I see somebody new or somebody writes to me I feel that I belong to Edmonton and that makes my heart warm. It’s a gratifying feeling to belong to a place and to know that you are cared about and thought of. For that I’m…

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Shrien Dewani Aftermath

I cannot resist reporting on the the aftermath of the Shrien Dewani trial. The prosecution case turned out to be a sham, with Dewani falsely implicated by the true perpetrators, much to the surprise of a large vociferous online campaign “Justice4Anni”.

Justice4Anni and the “Higher Education Transformation Network” accused the judge of bias.

On April 25, 2015 a judicial Conduct Committee said the complaints were  “frivolous” and lacking in substance.

They also addressed the racist nature of the complaints:

The racial attacks on the person of Madam Justice Traverso by the HETN, which suggest that she was influenced by her background as a South African who is Afrikaans-speaking, are unwarranted. The allegations are not substantiated by any facts and offend the spirit and purports of the bill of rights. The further complaints based on race undermine the integrity and oath of office taken by Madam Justice Traverso.

I fully agree with the Committee. Judge Traverso was excellent.

Update May 3 : HETN to appeal Dewani judge decision !

Perjury Prosecution for Lying Prosecutors?

Wrongful Convictions Blog

I am not an attorney, but in my layman’s, non-legal opinion this is potentially (and I say only potentially) huge.

The US Ninth Circuit has advocated criminal perjury prosecution for a prosecutor who lied to the court.  See our previous post about lying federal prosecutors here – in this case, the offending prosecutor got off with just a stern rebuke by the judge, which is sadly typical.

The Ninth Circuit has “recommended” perjury prosecution for a prosecutor who lied about benefits offered to a jailhouse snitch for his testimony.  Incentivizing testimony from snitches is nothing new.  It happens routinely.  But think about this.  If a defense attorney offered benefits to a witness for their testimony, it would be bribery, and the attorney could be prosecuted.  If a prosecutor offers benefits to a witness (snitch), it’s called “cooperation.”  What’s wrong with this picture?!

Now, here’s the “catch” about the…

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Jodi and Debra

Debra Milke took a giant step forward Thursday, when the AZ Appeals Court dismissed the case with prejudice. Prosecutors can still appeal to the AZ Supreme court, but I doubt that will succeed.

And Juan Martinez finally had to concede there was porn on Travis’ laptop, after trying to blame defense attorneys and witnesses.

What a great Thursday. I was at an office party and missed it all!

Sadly though, Amanda Lewis’s 2nd appeal has failed.

Finally, some very good developments for Rodney Lincoln.

Dewani Verdict Tweets

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 6 secs6 seconds ago
#Dewani is free. “There is no evidence to convince a court.. to convict the accused.” – Traverso #DewaniTrial
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Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 6 secs7 seconds ago
Judge also refuses to grant Monde Mbolombo immunity from prosecution, since he was untruthful, providing cue for his arrest.

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 40 secs40 seconds ago
Judge says she feels for the Hindochas but grants the discharge. “There is no evidence on which a court acting reasonable could convict.”

Alex Crawford @AlexCrawfordSky 24 secs24 seconds ago
#DewaniTrial Judge says she aware of plight of Hindocha family but no evidence to convict accused

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 25 secs26 seconds ago
Traverso on Mbolombo: “I refuse to grant him indemnity” #DewaniTrial

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 17 secs18 seconds ago
Judge: I cannot permit public opinion to influence my application of the law.

Leigh-Anne Jansen @LA_JANSEN 7 secs8 seconds ago
#DewaniTrial Traverso” There are stark contradictions in the evidence of Mr. Tongo, Mr. Mbolombo and Mr. Qwabe on material aspects.”

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 16 secs16 seconds ago
Mbolombo is another “self-confessed liar”, Traverso says – “blatantly lying about material aspects” of his evidence. #DewaniTrial

Leigh-Anne Jansen @LA_JANSEN 8 secs8 seconds ago
#DewaniTrial Traverso “Mr. Mbolombo is a self-confessed liar”

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 7 mins7 minutes ago
Judge turns to evidence of “middle man” Monde Mbolombo, who turned out to play a much bigger role in what happened. Says he admitted lying.

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 47 secs47 seconds ago
Judge turns to evidence of “middle man” Monde Mbolombo, who turned out to play a much bigger role in what happened. Says he admitted lying.

Alex Crawford @AlexCrawfordSky 1 min1 minute ago
#DewaniTrial Its clear the Judge doesnt think much of the evidence of the two other witnesses either

Andrew Plant @BeebJournalist 3 secs4 seconds ago
Judge says Qwabe’s evidence, “disintegrated into a garbled mess”. #Dewani

Leigh-Anne Jansen @LA_JANSEN 1 min1 minute ago
#DewaniTrial These marks undoubtedly indicate some sort of struggle. Primer residue was found on the web area of the glove worn by Mr. Qwabe

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 3 mins3 minutes ago
Qwabe said Mbolombo was just a link. Traverso: “With this attitude he persisted even when confronted with audio recordings” #DewaniTrial

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 6 mins6 minutes ago
Judge on the evidence of the hitman, Qwabe:”During cross-examination it became clear that Mr Qwabe was a self-confessed liar.” #DewaniTrial

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 5 mins5 minutes ago
Hitman Qwabe was a “self-confessed liar”, Judge Traverso says, preparing to rip State’s second most important witness apart. #DewaniTrial

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 57 secs58 seconds ago
“One doesn’t know where the lies end and truth begins” with Tongo’s “suspect” evidence -Traverso. #Dewani looks more relaxed #DewaniTrial

Alex Crawford @AlexCrawfordSky 1 min1 minute ago
#DewaniTrial Judge: Mr Tongo’s evidence is of very poor quality. But that is not the test….’

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa now
Judge Traverso says she simply cannot accept that without any indication of his criminality, Mr Dewani would co-opt Tongo to kill so quickly

George Barwood @GeorgeBarwood 3 secs4 seconds ago
Tongo’s explanations are laughable. #DewaniTrial

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 10 secs11 seconds ago
Traverso: “Apart from the contradictions, the entire story as told by Mr Tongo is highly improbable.” #dewanitrial live

AfricanTourismMarket @Afrotourism 6 mins6 minutes ago
#Dewani – judge has used the phrase “attempt to frame the accused” this is another fatal blow to the prosecution case.

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 6 mins6 minutes ago
Judge refers scathingly to taxi driver Tongo’s claim that “the record is wrong” if it didn’t tally with what he said. #DewaniTrial
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Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 3 mins3 minutes ago
Judge looks at Tongo’s claim Dewani remonstrated angrily with him outside a restaurant for failing to get “the job” done: shown to be a lie.

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 2 mins2 minutes ago
Tongo locking both child locks, preventing #Dewani from getting out,is an important point against claim that he ordered the murder -Traverso

AfricanTourismMarket @Afrotourism 2 mins2 minutes ago
#dewani – Judge continues her onslaught of the state’s case, affidavit under attack, again Tongo’s evidence being torn apart.

Alex Crawford @AlexCrawfordSky now
#DewaniTrial Judge still pointing out a ‘further untruth told by Tongo in an attempt to further incriminate the accused’

Can also watch live @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-30345863

Judge to rule on Dewani trial future
Shrien Dewani, who is accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni, will learn later if the case against him…
BBC.CO.UK
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George Barwood @GeorgeBarwood 7 mins7 minutes ago
@DivyaTalwar1 @ChandsManani There is ample evidence to show that Tongo decided to falsely implicate #Dewani.

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 1 min1 minute ago
Prosecutor said Tongo’s lie was “not a deliberate falsehood” but understandable in circs. “I do not agree” Traverso says firmly #DewaniTrial

Alex Crawford @AlexCrawfordSky 47 secs48 seconds ago
#DewaniTrial Judge points out cctv contradicted Tongo’s claim the two discussed the ‘hit’ in hotel carpark after changing money

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 14 secs15 seconds ago
The judge is making all the points that #Dewani’s lawyer, Francois Van Zyl, has made over the past months #DewaniTrial

Steve Scott @stevescott_itv 4 mins4 minutes ago
Dewani judge picking out piece after piece of inconsistent, contradictory evidence from State’s key witness – Tongo the taxi driver

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 49 secs49 seconds ago
Qwabe and Mbolombo “contradict Mr Tongo on just about every aspect of their interaction”, Traverso says #DewaniTrial

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 1 min1 minute ago
Tongo was prepared to lie & “create an atmosphere of suspicion around the accused”, Traverso says #DewaniTrial

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 1 min1 minute ago
Judge says the evidence of taxi driver Zola Tongo was “riddled with contradictions”.Dewani’s barrister,his eyes still closed,nods fervently

Ruth Maclean @ruthmaclean 2 mins2 minutes ago
Tongo’s evidence was “riddled with contradictions” and his version of events “highly improbable” Traverso says #DewaniTrial

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 2 mins2 minutes ago
Gloomy-looking prosecutor Adrian Mopp’s eyebrows form a perfect “V” on his forehead as he takes notes on the judge’s decision. #DewaniTrial

Leigh-Anne Jansen @LA_JANSEN 7 minutes ago
#DewaniTrial Traverso is summarising Tongo’s evidence

It’s nearly all over. Easy to see where this is heading. Judge summarising evidence.

Aislinn Laing @Simmoa 42 secs42 seconds ago
Judge says the CCTV shows nothing in itself, it’s only Tongo’s claim about what’s happening that’s incriminating. #DewaniTrial

George Barwood @GeorgeBarwood 52 secs52 seconds ago
Only the version of Tongo corroborates. I predict #Dewani will soon be on a plane back to the Uk.

Stefan Simanowitz @StefSimanowitz 41 secs42 seconds ago
#DewaniTrial about to be thrown out of court! Judge: “The only witness who coud implicate accused was Tongo who was an accomplice witness”

See also http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/08/shrien-dewani-murder-trial-collapse-anni-south-africa