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Originally posted by DrumsRfun
I think the fact it is a former attorney general and former mp or mpp or something ( I don't follow politics sorry) and a ceo of some financial group makes me wonder if he will get off.
Bryant was raised in the Greater Victoria area of British Columbia, where his father Ray was mayor of Esquimalt from 1966 to 1969. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1988, and a Master's Degree from the same institution in 1989. He graduated as in 1992 from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LL.B. and was the gold medalist of his year. He then earned an LL.M. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994. Bryant is a Fulbright Fellow. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1992-93, and was later a lawyer at the firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City, as well as lecturing in law at King's College at the University of London in England, and practicing litigation at McCarthy Tétrault. In 1997, he became an adjunct professor in international law at the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
The family was supported in their quest by Gord Penner of Families Against Crime and Trauma, who recalled other high-profile deaths of innocent people from car accidents.
"We really feel people aren't getting the message that you can't go out and kill people with a vehicle," he said.
"There is no justice for the families in cases like this and it's about time they started to get it. We don't have vehicular homicide. It's only in the U.S. and we would like a charge of murder, where applicable."
Originally posted by ipsedixit
I've been trying to get some insight into the legal aspects of this case and I came across an article that makes me wonder if using your car to kill someone is even a crime in Canada, as long as it was done inadvertently.
Less than an hour before his path would fatally cross that of former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant, Darcy Allan Sheppard was sitting in the back of a police cruiser.
Sheppard had been trying to get into an apartment on George St., south of Allan Gardens. Until a week before, he had lived there with his girlfriend, Misty. Then he had rented a place in the west end.
On Monday night, he showed up at the rundown building near Jarvis and Gerrard Sts. After eight days of sobriety, he had been drinking. Police said they were called. When officers arrived shortly after 9 p.m., they told Sheppard, 33, to leave and not come back.
"He had a relapse," said Jordana Maxwell, who also lives at the apartment. "He came to us, because we're his family. I said, 'Let him come back upstairs.' The officer said, 'No, he needs to go home.' I said, 'He can't make it home, he's intoxicated. He cannot ride a bike.' We begged them. They said, 'He will not go back upstairs.' And they put him on the road."
By yesterday afternoon, police had decided to charge Bryant with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. He is to appear in court Oct. 19.
"Based on the circumstances and the evidence we have so far, it was the appropriate charge. We have witnesses saying we have a male attached to a door. And we have a vehicle with a male hanging on to the driver's side," Lalla said. "Eyewitnesses report he was driving along the curb. The car doesn't appear to be out of control."
Police said there was no indication Bryant was intoxicated.