GUNTER: Arrest of the organizer of the convoy shows that courts are not to be trifled with

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We’ve all heard of people like this: an uncle, father, or old family friend who, when stopped by the police for a traffic violation, replied curtly, “Don’t you have anything better to do, like bust real criminals? †

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When I heard that Freedom Convoy organizer Tamara Lich had been re-arrested on Tuesday for alleged violations of her bail conditions, I was like that gruff old relative: “Don’t the police have better things to do?”

Late last month, the Supreme Court imposed life sentences without parole for mass murders because the sentence was too harsh.

On Monday, Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory held a joint press conference to ask judges and the federal government to stop granting bail to accused criminals who appear in court on multiple firearms charges.

Mayor Tory said: “People get bail time and time again when they are charged with firearms offences.” He added that such repeat offenders have been responsible for much of Toronto’s gun crime in the past two years.

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So Canadians can’t keep murderers who kill four, six or more behind bars for life. And our courts will not incarcerate criminals at high risk of committing gun crimes pending trial.

But Medicine Hat’s Tamara Lich, who helped organize a nationwide parade of truck drivers to clog downtown Ottawa — our justice system has enough resources to lock her up across the country.

“Don’t the police have better things to do?”

Frankly, I can’t imagine that this is the fault of the police.

Since Lich was released on bail in March after 18 days in prison, Ontario Crown prosecutors have tried to reincarcerate her.

In May, for example, Ontario’s assistant attorney Moiz Karimjee argued in court that Lich had violated her long bail terms by agreeing to accept a prize for freedom fighters at a ceremony that didn’t even take place when Karimjee tried Lich behind bars. to put.

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It was clear during the hearing that Crown attorneys closely monitored Lich’s movements and regularly monitored her online activities so they could strike if she ever misplaced a toe.

They also seemed so determined to imprison her that, when the judge disagreed with the Crown on whether to return Lich to prison, the Crown’s attorney took the highly unusual step of demanding in open court that the judge resigned from the case.

Ontario prosecutors give a strong impression that they dislike Lich, so I suspect they are behind her arrest. But as there are very few details left, that’s pure speculation.

What bail condition is Lich accused of violating that landed her back in the hoosegow?

She had herself photographed with a fellow convoy organizer.

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At her hearing in May, Lich had requested that the condition banning her from being in Ontario be lifted. It was so she could attend the ceremony where she received her freedom award.

But while at the banquet, she had herself photographed with a fellow convoy leader, in violation of another condition.

Have the two planned another blockade? That seems unlikely. So where was the threat to public safety that would justify re-incarceration?

But here’s a warning — and it’s a biggie.

The rule of law is based on each of us obeying the courts, even when the courts appear to be acting unjustly.

I hope a judge in Ontario soon corrects this idiocy.

However, if you make a promise to the courts – such as no association with other well-known convoy leaders – and you don’t keep that promise, you won’t get much sympathy from me if you break your promise.

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