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  • Amy Lucas
    September 17, 2013 - 15:51

    Because of David Ryan my family was torn apart. My aunt Pauline never got to meet her grandson or her nrw niece and nephew. She was an amazing person and her life certinally is vworth more than 5 years in jail! There is no justice for her or any of these people.

  • Beverly Lane
    September 17, 2013 - 12:19

    David Ryan,Brutally Stabbed my sister Pauline to death on Feb 4,1998,for his hanis act of violence against my sister he served 5 yrs in prison.My sister died a very horrific death,Pauline didn't recieve any justice 5 yrs in prison was an insult to her integrity.David Ryan was more then capable of representing himself on the night he savagely stole my sisters life,i believe he's more then capable of representing himself in a court of law.

  • bayman
    September 15, 2013 - 20:56

    St. John's actually makes up 40% of Newfoundland and Labradors population...6 people out of 9 ,currently before the courts for murder, are from or lived in the metro st. johns area at the time of the murder. I think there might be someting in the water in st. johns

  • Dawn Wride
    September 14, 2013 - 22:33

    Why, oh why, is Trevor Pardy's request for a private counsel paid for by the Atterney General even econsidered - if he wants private - let him pay, if not he gets the same as everyone else who can not afford private counsel. Another crazy action by the Newfoundland Judicial system!

  • Concerned
    September 14, 2013 - 21:50

    I would like to know what the Minister of Justice and the AG are going to do with the shortage in experienced crown to handle these serious prosecutions. By my count, all of the crown assigned to special prosecutions are busy with Folker, Pardy and Ryan (by the way, policy requires two crown on each murder trial, Molloy better assign someone else to the Ryan matter...if he can find a body). I understand Bright (a NS lawyer) on the Pynn/Butler matter, given the conflicts posed by that file. Nobody assigned to the Pike/Ash matter, a prosecution from central NL, the office that the last budget saw reduced to below minimum manning...where are the crown going to come from to prosecute that matter? Good crown in central, but they are already OVER-WORKED! The Milley prosecution in Labrador, really, Noseworthy? He won't go to court on routine matters and we are to expect that he can handle a murder prosecution on his own. The title of Senior Crown does not always equate to "experienced enough", and the DPP knows it. Quite simply, the crown office is not adequately staffed to handle these prosecutions (remember the other courts do not stop running while these trials are run). Maybe the Minister of Justice is going to pick up a file...oh yeah, he is a teacher! Maybe the AG is going to pick up a trial, but that would mean his first time in court in what?...20 years! The Minister and the AG are sleeping at the wheel, the DPP is drinking their Kool-Aid (hoping for a bench appointment, I guess). Such limited resources on such serious matters greatly increase the potential for a wrongful conviction, or nearly as bad, an inadequately conducted prosecution resulting in an acquittal, either way justice is not served. King, Marshall, Kennedy and, ultimately, Dunderdale have significantly undermined public confidence in our prosecutions, and they should be held accountable...maybe in 2015, if it is not too late!

  • Townie
    September 14, 2013 - 07:12

    About 75% of the population of Newfoundland live within an hour of St. John's. However, only 66% of the people charged with murder live in St. John's (and some of them have common bay names as opposed to townie names). There must be something in the water around the bay because they are over represented.

    • Darlene
      September 15, 2013 - 07:36

      Really townie...you are one racist son of a B!?$h...but most of them occurred in town right townie....maybe it's the water in town...it's certainly not doing anything for your manners....grow up and don't be so childish...you have a great day...cheers

    • grant
      September 15, 2013 - 09:13

      There is nothing wrong with people in St Johns or outside St Johns, there is only a small few who love to get up in the morning after staying awake all night thinking up negative things about people and the world. They are the cause of all the problems in the world and your just one of them.

    • Out of Townie
      September 15, 2013 - 10:08

      'Townie', I'd be interested to know how you categorize 'common Bay names' vs. 'townie names'. Regardless of where the individuals originate from, 5/8 of the murder cases were actually committed in St. John's. Perhaps the townie ways have affected us baymen negatively.