Wednesday, September 23, 2009

B.C. Polygamy Charges Quashed

City News reports that polygamy charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler have been quashed by the British Columbia Supreme Court:

The men had petitioned the court to stay the charges, arguing that the B.C. attorney general had gone "special prosecutor shopping" until he found someone who would go ahead with charges.

In a decision released Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Judge Sunni Stromberg-Stein agreed.

The judge said the province's attorney general did not have the jurisdiction to appoint a second special prosecutor to consider charges against Blackmore and Oler after the first special prosecutor recommended against charging the two men.

She found that the appointment of the second special prosecutor - and therefore the decision to charge the men - was "unlawful."

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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