The Next Chapter, By Michael Schmidt:
I am in the Oshawa Courthouse or better described as the “Oshawa Court Palace” towering over the City of Oshawa.
The third chapter of the preliminary hearing about the ongoing “Sheep Napping Saga” commenced this week.
This is the third week, three more weeks will follow in September and December.
In December it will be three long years since Montana Jones, Robert Pinnell, Susan Atkinson and myself had been charged under the Criminal Code of Canada. Susan Atkinson pleaded guilty apparently faltering under the immense pressure and ended up with a six month house arrest.
There is no question that the charges have to be taken very seriously considering the penalty of spending time in the “crow bar” hotel if found guilty of these “crimes.”
The Shropshire Saga of Montana Jones itself dates back almost 5 years.
The accused have received so far about 15000 pages of disclosure requested from the prosecution immediately after charges were laid. These 15000 pages of disclosure were provided to us in slow motion which in the face of it undermines due process and borders in my opinion on intentionally hindering a fair trial.
Not to speak about all the other legal tactics apparently used by the prosecution to bleed the accused of resources to mount a proper defense.
Putting all the above aside the dynamic of the preliminary inquiry provides a most revealing picture of bureaucrats at work.
It is indeed fascinating to see how the dynamic changes when “self righteous authority” is questioned under oath.
Let me remind the reader that in the meantime open and transparent court proceedings have been put under a total publication ban against the will of all the accused. Therefore I cannot convey any evidence presented at the preliminary inquiry, nor can I give any detail about the 15000 pages of disclosure provided by the prosecution.
However there are enough general observations which captures the bizarre nature of the current proceedings without contempt of the Judges black out order.
If someone wants to attend to follow the proceedings in person, the court room is open for visitors under the conditions that no evidence can be conveyed to anybody outside the court room.
It is a worthwhile experience for the public to attend for many reasons;
1. Going to Stratford to see first class professional theater costs money and only lasts maximum 3 hours.(The Shropshire Saga provides entertainment for weeks,months and years for free.)
2. The courtroom is air-conditioned and a Tim Hortons coffee shop is in house
3. Seeing how top bureaucrats on the witness stand being cross-examined and how it deflates their assumed power as outlined in policies is a real eye-opener for any concerned member of society.
4. Seeing how low level bureaucrats can always claim that they are just following orders, which evokes memories of horrific events in the past, where Government was thriving based on mindless bureaucrats just following orders.
At the same time these proceedings can provide the opportunity to break through the brick walls of bureaucracy, however the prosecution in our case does at every opportunity throws rocks in the way of the defense to prevent us to break through, however Shawn Buckley with the greatest amount of patience keeps chipping away on this wall.
He is one of the few lawyers who deserves my greatest respect.
Calm and thoroughly he keeps working towards trying to gain understanding who is responsible for the mass killing of one of the last intact herd of Shropshire sheep.
Last but not least, Lawyer Karen Selick and the Canadian Constitution Foundation have supported and worked tireless in an unprecedented way to give full support to mount a defense but also long before tried to prevent the senseless killing.
Please donate to their campaign by going to the following site