Lafleur to stand trial
Quebec Court Judge Claude Parent has hockey legend Guy Lafleur to stand
trial on a charge of giving contradictory evidence.
The judge said police
should have summoned Mr. Lafleur rather than issuing warrant for arrest, but
this minor abuse doesn't justify throwing out the case.
His trial has been scheduled for April 16 and 17.
Last week, Mr. Lafleur's son Mark was given a 15-month suspended
sentence, three years' probation, and 24-hour house arrest for six months
after pleading guilty to 14 charges including assault, forcible confinement
and uttering death threats.
Mr. Lafleur originally agreed to supervise his son Mark after he was awarded
bail and to ensure he abided by a court-ordered curfew.
It was later revealed the elder Lafleur actually drove his son to a hotel so
he could spend time with a girlfriend. Months later a warrant was issued for the
Montreal hockey icon, causing a media frenzy after headlines announced he was a
Mr. Lafleur has launched a $3.5-million civil suit against the police and the
Crown over the warrant because he believes it violated his rights and humiliated
More to come
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Guy Lefluer made undertakings and the
evidence of the crown is that he had scant regard for those undertakings, that
he apparently did not agree with, or decided to simply break those conditions.
He is not being charged for helping his son break those conditions but rather
for giving "contradictory evidence", that is, not perjury but dam near the same
kind of offense.
Canadian courts and judges treat perjury as though its ok, "A little lie is ok",
"people lie all the time", "its normal", "we see it every day", "so what", Its
an apathetic attitude to law by the judiciary that encourages perjury,
fabrication of evidence, obstruction of justice, BY JUDGES, BY LAWYERS in
Its really amazing to watch it in a court room. A lawyer can lie, deliberately
mislead the court, fail to tell the court relevant information that effectively
pits the lawyers credibility against the other party and if he or she is a self
rep, the lawyer wins simply because he or she is a lawyer, evidence be damed.
When a Lawyer is caught making false statements in court, judges read the riot
act, steam pours out their ears, and NOTHING HAPPENS. The lawyer simply stands
there, cops an ear full and comes back the next time to do it all over again.
Hockey Legend or not, this is exactly the kind of offense that needs to be
prosecuted or Canada will continue its slippery slide into a lawless society.
- Posted 11/02/09 at 11:32 AM EST