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  • Sharon Evans
    December 08, 2013 - 16:31

    no one should have the rite to convict a innocent man of a crime he didn't commit... if scott tilly had done his job correctly this judge wouldn't be the bad person... the bad person in this situation is the fire inspector... how many innocent people have he sent to jail?

  • Mary
    January 25, 2013 - 13:56

    The witness who saw his headlights,was not believed,because it was still daylight. Has "His Honour" ever noticed that most people drive with their lights on,at all times,AND have been doing so for a while,now. OH MY!!!!>

  • Dwayne Cull
    January 25, 2013 - 13:40

    We haven't had a Supreme Court Judge appointed yet (or for eons). I guess Judge Adams is trying to build a reputation. After all, in government the answer to incompetence is promotion.

  • Ted
    January 25, 2013 - 11:19

    If the investigator was indeed a well respected professional wouldn't he be expected to be aware of and comply with the National Fire Protection Association guidelines while conducting his investigation? What the story lacks is any explanation, if one exists, of why the inspector did not abide by the guidelines, particularly when execution of his duty would influence whether or not a person is convicted of a crime. Imagine the same information but with the result flipped and Roberts convicted and given jail time for this. Based on the investigator's actions, wouldn't there be an outcry over abuse of power?

  • saelcove
    January 25, 2013 - 09:51

    Just imagine the firemen and police made a mistake

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    January 25, 2013 - 09:23

    Things that make you go .... Hmmmmm. Judge Adams also presided over the Chrissy Newman case as well and also threw that one out as well!

  • JUST SAYING
    January 25, 2013 - 09:08

    Thank you Judge Adams for trying to beat in the minds of cops and firemen that in order to have a charge hold up in court, they have to do their job throughly and properly and not jump to conclusions. Also, that is there a standard procedure which has to be followed. Until this sinks in and is put in practice, more suspects will walk.

  • Brad
    January 25, 2013 - 09:03

    How does this ruling make sense? I hope there are services and help in place for those affected by this, such as the woman in the apartment downstairs, the obviously scared-to-death witnesses, and those living around the burned out house. Where is the consideration for victims?

    • baymen
      January 25, 2013 - 16:20

      Well im one of the withnesses and i am scared to death and so is the rest of my family.

    • Did you not read the whole story???
      January 25, 2013 - 16:23

      It seems some of you people didn't read the whole story before writing a comment! For example Brad, how could this ruling not make sense to you?? You would put this man in jail based on what evidence?? There was none!! Also, why would you assume the witness's are "scared-to-death"? Yes there should be services available to help those affected, including Roberts. He has been accused of arson, because a fire investigator was too lazy to do any work and just based his opinion on his experience! WTF!!! You cant convict people on feelings and experience, you need EVIDENCE!!

  • JUST SAYING
    January 25, 2013 - 09:02

    If the cops and firemen do their job properly, we would not see a suspect release because the correct guidelines were not followed. Hats of to Judge Adams for trying to get these yahoos to do their job correctly. Shotting work being done lately and NOT by Judge Adams.

  • GF
    January 25, 2013 - 08:19

    They sleep at night because they have an attitude of superiority. Not all lawyers but the ones that become judges or politicians. They can do no wrong. Maybe the fire department should speak out on this to defend their credibility.

  • Terry
    January 25, 2013 - 07:23

    Here is what I don't get... If a professional says it looks like arson and it looks like there were three separate fires, and this fire inspector is well respected in his field, but didn't fill out the proper paper work... Then how does this make a man not guilty?? I can't understand how judges/lawyers in this province sleep at night....

    • Steve
      January 25, 2013 - 08:07

      They don't sleep at night, they feed on blood at night and sleep while hearing evidence during Court.

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2013 - 08:41

      When their jobs are not done properly according to procedure, then there is a reasonable doubt. That is why they cannot convict. They do not have accurate information to prove that the accused actually did it. Makes sense to me. Although, the unfortunate thing is, not always are they innocent and the guilty ones do sometimes get away with it.

    • Ted
      January 25, 2013 - 11:18

      If the investigator was indeed a well respected professional wouldn't he be expected to be aware of and comply with the National Fire Protection Association guidelines while conducting his investigation? What the story lacks is any explanation, if one exists, of why the inspector did not abide by the guidelines, particularly when execution of his duty would influence whether or not a person is convicted of a crime. Imagine the same information but with the result flipped and Roberts convicted and given jail time for this. Based on the investigator's actions, wouldn't there be an outcry over abuse of power?