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LETTERS: -none- April 09, 2012 - 7:50 am

Courtroom security issue a farce


The farce involving Nunavut judges Kilpatrick and Mahar over security concerns at the Colin Makpah hearing was worthy of some theatrical award.

I am not sure if the award should be for drama or comedy, but no matter what, it just makes one shake one’s head as to the state of affairs in the offices of the judges.

The public finds out that the accused was out on bail, that he’s been walking around in the home community of the grieving family, that he flew on the same plane as that of the family, that both the prosecution and defence had no issues about court security.

It makes you wonder what next will erupt from the ivory tower of the judges’ offices.

Perhaps it will demand that the judges be given their own private plan to ensure their safety from the overall public when travelling to conduct court hearings in other Nunavut communities.

But wait a minute, how can the judges hold court hearings in these communities if the courtrooms do not have the proper security arrangements?

Perhaps this is a plot by the offices of the judges to no longer travel to communities outside of Iqaluit for their perceived fears about their personal safety.

René Carlos

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