I’m just a dumb guy who knows nothing about how the courts work but found it extremely bizarre that I was seeing evidence put forward by the Crown against Mike Duffy appearing in the media even though it seemingly didn’t have anything to do with the criminal trial at hand.
Case in point was this story about an entry in Duffy’s daily calendar about how Minister Peter MacKay apparently blamed ex-Harper aide and now Liberal-turncoat Dimitri Soudas for leaking something damaging about him to the press:
According to entries in Duffy’s personal calendar, MacKay told him he believed that Dimitri Soudas, former director of communications to Harper, leaked the unflattering story about the chopper ride to the media. The conversation between MacKay and Duffy happened during or after a national Conservative caucus meeting on May 9, 2012, according to the Duffy calendar entry.
But then we find out the media weren’t supposed to have this information:
The entries, some of which were blacked out by a marker but still legible, also indicate that senators were outraged by how the PMO and MacKay handled the story. (see here)
Tell me how it was possible for the court to have given political gossip to the media so badly ‘redacted’ that it was still readable?
Is this a common problem of the courts because I’ve never heard of it happening before or was someone with an anti-Conservative agenda in charge of the evidence?
This is pretty damn serious.