Pam Frampton: Snelgrove verdict a lightning rod
If 91 per cent of sexual assaults are never reported to the police, as Statistics Canada tells us, imagine how many people are keeping that hurt to themselves, for whatever reason.
RNC Const. Carl Douglas Snelgrove listened in Newfoundland Supreme Court in St. John’s Thursday as the judge instructed jurors before they began deliberating. On Friday they found him not guilty of sexual assault.
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Protesting is one of the cornerstones of our justice system, as is freedom of speech. We cherish our legal system of justice and are rightly proud of it.
Const. Doug Snelgrove was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. The 11 people on that jury were in court. They heard all the evidence. They watched the expression on the face of the people called to testify, both the defence and Crown. They listened to the instructions of the judge. They returned to the courtroom for clarification of some points. They deliberated and rendered their judgment.
We have one of the better justice systems in the world. We may not agree with the decision. We have the right to speak our opinion. We have the right to protest. The defence has the right to appeal if errors were made in points of law or new evidence is uncovered.
But there is no point in protesting. Justice was done and it appears to have been done.