|2010-01-25, 02:58 AM||#1|
聊天 - 二十多年來的第三次出席陪審團篩選通知書
又接到陪審團出席篩選的通知書，日期將在 2010 年 2 月 1 日早上九點整，這是一樁將要開庭 8 個星期的二級謀殺案件（非預謀性的謀殺 ），擔任陪審團員者不能有案底，不能有英語障礙，不能是政府人員、治安人員、消防人員、現任法律工作者，更不能是熟悉控方、被告或熟悉證人者。
這次的公民義務 by law 我是無法拒絕的，不過就因上述的從屬密切關係我可豁免，但要親自去向法官解釋理由與提供證明，話又說回來，為時八週也未免太消耗時間和生產力了。出席陪審團期間 1~9 天是無補助，第 10 天到 49 天可每日支領 40 加元（1200台幣），第 50 天開始每天可支領 100 加元（3000台幣），期間每天可以回家，但不能談論出席的具體內容。開庭時的經濟損失，政府不負責，但各企業是會照常給付薪水的。
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|2010-02-09, 11:07 AM||#2 (permalink)|
上星期一（二月一日），早上8︰00 - 下午 4︰30；上星期四（二月四日）同時間以及上星期五的同時間之冗長的篩選陪審團員過程中，法院只需要12名陪審團員，可是卻召集了三百多名的守法公民來過濾，這些公民年紀大多是40~60歲者，也有專上學生等。挑選條件是經由安大略省的房地產局內的名單來甄選的。其中有教授、董事、經理、護士長、網路工程主管、CEO 等事業佼佼者。檢查官逐個唱名並要求出列以20人一組（由A~P組）總共16組。唱名的同時，略述個人背景與現職，如有訊息需要立即更改者，應立即提出更正，並由書記官同步更新。
毫不意外的是當法官開宗明義的當頭就一一詢問兩嫌犯說︰您倆於元月十二日在市中心的一級謀殺，現已更改為二級謀殺，現在您倆認不認罪？他們一一回答說︰I plea not guilty! （自認無罪），這時法官也輕鬆異常的說，陪審團的組成勢不可免，所以篩選程序依法開始﹗不過，在星期五當晚六點，我接到法官她的回電說︰經由您所提出的說明與證據，You are excused! （我可豁免此次的篩選），不過三年後，我一定要再徵召您；我說︰我樂意為之，並感謝她的火速回覆。
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/b...pect-says.aspx 大意為一位無辜的四十二歲白人男性於 Tavern 午夜下班後，於步行至地下鐵的途中無意間後腦被一枚子彈貫穿，當場暴斃於脫衣舞酒館的一場因被碩大巨型保鏢轟出後（酒後與酒客爭吵，持槍返回報復時，E.P.(22歲) 在 A.Z.（23歲）的暴戾叫囂轟死對方的情況下，由圍觀的聚集人群中朝一名正奔回酒吧門的酒保開槍，這就造成了John O’Keefe ，一個標準的愛子典範（當時他是凌晨挨槍，當天為星期六，一早他要送兒子去練習冰上曲棍球，該人為單親父親，孩子由女友暫時照顧，真慘﹗）死於非命，其幼子處境堪憐，情節真是令人唏噓~
The mother of a legal gun owner accused of murdering an innocent passerby on Yonge Street said yesterday her family is also a ‘‘victim of circumstances’’ in the case, as the Toronto Mayor renewed his quest to get the federal government to outlaw handguns.
The Post's Natalie Alcoba and Ashley Spegel report:
Yolanda Paredes, the mother of Edward Paredes, said the allegations have “been a shock for us, and I just can’t speak about it right now.”
“I am also a victim, the way my family is a victim of the circumstances,” Ms. Paredes said in a phone interview. She said her family is not prepared to speak about the death outside the Brass Rail strip club.
Edward Paredes, 22, and Awet Zekarias, 23, face one count each of first-degree murder and attempted murder after a single shot, which police allege was meant for someone else, hit 42-year-old father John O’Keefe, as he was walking by the club early on Saturday.
“What the hell is wrong with people? What the hell is wrong with people in this society? He was just going home, just going home,” Mr. O’Keefe’s girlfriend, Susan Banahan, told CTV Toronto.
Detective Sergeant Dan Nielson said Mr. Paredes was the registered owner of the handgun allegedly used in the murder, but did not have the authorization to carry it with him to the strip club. The accused allegedly intended to shoot one of the Brass Rail bouncers who had kicked them out minutes earlier.
It was Mr. Paredes who allegedly fired the shot, but Det. Sgt. Nielson said the murder was a “joint venture” between both accused. “In first-degree, it doesn’t have to be a lengthy, complex plan,” he said. Police do not believe the accused were intoxicated.
Both men were remanded into custody after making brief court appearances yesterday in front of family and friends. At one point, Mr. Paredes’ girlfriend burst into tears, and had to be comforted by his father.
Mr. Paredes and Mr. Zekarias do not have a criminal records, said Det. Sgt. Nielson. Mayor David Miller expressed his shock over the city’s second homicide, a few blocks from where Jane Creba was killed on Boxing Day 2005.
“The fact that a fairly young man legally had a gun is shocking. What does a 22-year-old in a city like Toronto need with a handgun?” Mr. Miller said. “That’s just not acceptable.”
The Mayor said he would consider expanding the numbers of closed-circuit television cameras on Yonge Street. “It’s time that together as Torontonians and Canadians we put an end to the ownership of handguns in our society.”
Mr. Paredes was a member of a private Gormley gun club called The Grange, according to James Cox, the chairman of the umbrella sporting club.
Mr. Cox said Mr. Paredes, who appears on the club’s registration as a student, had to take two firearm safety courses and eight probationary shootings before he was given a permit.
“You can transport a firearm to the range and back home again, with reasonable stops, but not drinking at the bar,” Mr. Cox said in an interview. He said supervisors keep a close watch on members while inside the club and report anyone who does anything dangerous.
The Chief Firearms Office does issue an “authorization to carry” a restricted gun to someone who proves that he or she needs it for protection, or that it is essential to their job. Police said Mr. Paredes did not have such a permit.
“I would like to believe, and do believe, that people who take the time to take the training course, get their licence lawfully, acquire their firearms lawfully, sign up in a gun club, by and large are the decent people who are really trying to do things right,” said Tony Cooper, Deputy Chief Firearms Officer of Ontario. “And it’s an anomaly when somebody goes left of centre.”
With files from Chris Wattie