Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Breaking: Charges Withdrawn Against Michael Bryant

According to CTV News:

TORONTO — The Crown has withdrawn charges against former Ontario attorney general Michael Bryant in death of a cyclist.

Bryant was charged last August with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving in the death of bike courier Darcy Allan Sheppard.

Police alleged Sheppard, 33, died after grabbing onto a car in downtown Toronto following an altercation with the driver.

Sheppard death's led to an outcry from the city's cycling community and raised questions about Bryant receiving preferential treatment.

To avoid a conflict of interest, Vancouver lawyer Richard Peck was been brought in as prosecutor in the case.

Peck withdrew the charges today, saying there's no reasonable prospect for conviction.

CBC's report is here.

Our original September 2, 2009 post on this incident is here: Michael Bryant: Did the Police Rush to Judgment?

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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