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04-02-2008, 12:13 PM
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Mathletic
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Originally Posted by habfan4 View Post
Lafleur's guilt or innocence on the charges is incidental.

The police and the Crown decide if enough evidence exists to lay charges. Once that determination has been made and charges have been laid, the Crown can either ask the defendant to surrender voluntarily or they can appeal to a judge (Justice Gilles Michaud in this instance) to issue an arrest warrant. This is the process for anyone charged with a criminal offence (it is inclusive of former hockey greats). Guy is not entitled to any special treatment and the officers of the court and the police have a duty to see that justice is administered in an impartial fashion.

You can argue that Crown did not have to seek an arrest warrant or that the Judge should not have issued one, but there is no error, the process was followed to the letter. I would also be remiss if I didn't point out that the arresting officer and the police force (both named in Lafleur's claim) do not have any discretion, a warrant has to be executed.
yes he is entitled to a special treatment. The justice system has a list of names of "celebrities" or "known in the public people", so that whenever someone of that list is involved their case has to be treated differently so that this person is not inflicted further harms by the press or whoever.

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