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G20 charge lost in the mail

Man accused of violating Public Works Protection Act has charges vacated


Dave Vasey showed up to his court date on July 28 to face charges he violated the Public Works Protection Act during the G20 summit only to find the charges against him had mysteriously disappeared. Turns out they were just “delayed in the mail” and they arrived the next day. Toronto Police spokesperson Meaghan Gray couldn’t say why there was a delay, but did say that they do happen on occasion. “This is not the first time it’s happened,” she said. Though police have time to recharge him, Vasey believes they won’t bother. Separately, Ontario ombudsman André Marin is currently leading an investigation that is looking into the way the government passed and implemented the Public Works Protection Act.

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G20 charge lost in the mail

  1. In the same way that in the Bush administration "truthiness" was more desirable than truth, in the world of G20 law-enforcement, "chargieness" is more useful than "charges."

    If you detain someone with "chargieness", you don't have to worry about trials, lawyers, evidence… you just achieve your goal of hobbling a "terrorist sympathizer" or "vandal" and move on.

    As a Bush aide told Ron Suskind: "when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

  2. Further to bobledrew's comment, you also achieve the goal of making the public feel that Acts such as the Public Works Protection Act are necessary to protect the public good. By making an occasional arrest under such broadly sweeping legislation, the sweaty masses soon learn that such laws can bare their teeth whenever those in charge deem it necessary thus subjugating the proles whenever the authorities see fit.

    It's kind of like watching an episode of "COPS" on television. A strong moral message is being sent; you very quickly learn that you don't stand a chance of escaping the long, long arm of the law so don't even bother trying even if you think that the laws are without merit.