March 5, 2008
The Director of Central West Region for the Attorney General’s office John Pearson went before a Justice of the Peace this morning in Cayuga court and deemed the assault committed against me in August 2007 to be too “trivial” to pursue. He asked that the charge be dismissed and as the crown has absolute authority over these decisions, the Justice had no choice but to put an end to my unresolved private prosecution of Councilor Buck Sloat.
In requesting a dismissal, Pearson presented 3 reasons he feels the case should not proceed.
- It is not in the best interest of the public to proceed with this charge as it’s “simply a case of unwanted touching” and there are far more serious charges to be dealt with by the courts.
- Mr. Parkinson has civil remedies at his disposal to deal with this matter
- The incident in question was “trivial” in his opinion
I have never suggested that the assault was serious in nature and have maintained from the beginning that this is not about the degree of the crime committed; it’s about accountability and equality. I continue to hold the firm belief that if it were I who had grabbed hold of Mr. Sloat in the middle of a conversation, taken personal property from him, and dropped it on the ground, I would be facing an assault charge and the courts would not be deeming it “trivial”.
They call this assault “trivial” but proceed with the frivolous charge of “counseling mischief” against Gary McHale, an equally “trivial” assault charge against Ruth Ann Chapman for allegedly touching Timothy Sywyk (Timmer) at some point on December first, and “Interfering with the duties of a police officer” against Kyle Hagan who was drinking coffee quietly in the middle of a crowd at the time of his alleged offence.
If someone can explain to me what Mr. Hagan is doing in this photo taken moments before his arrest that is “interfering with the duties of a police officer” I would love to hear it.
The timing of this dismissal is extremely interesting as the crown was well aware that a gentlemen’s agreement had been reached between Mr. Sloat and I where I would drop the criminal charge upon receipt of an apology from him for the incident.
I was told on Monday that the apology would be forthcoming and that Mr. Sloat was pleased that we could find a simple resolution to the issue, so I went into court this morning glad that we were about to reason together to put this behind us.
Although he likely doesn’t see it this way, a great disservice has been done to Mr. Sloat too, as he has been denied his day in court and will never have the chance to be cleared of the assault charge.
I’m disappointed to see that Buck Sloat is not a man of his word and chose to hide behind his taxpayer funded lawyer, and the crown when a simple apology could have made the entire matter disappear.
Despite the outcome, I consider this to have been a learning experience, and I will move forward with much more knowledge of private prosecutions which is very valuable as I will be laying charges in the near future against 2 OPP officers.
I have made no decision at this time on what further action I may take against Mr. Sloat.Jeff Parkinson Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality Caledonia Wakeup Call Jeff@CaledoniaWakeupCall.com