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LMAO: Another Member of Parliament Charged!

June 21 2004 at 7:49 PM
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Cry me a river...

Longtime NDP MP Svend Robinson charged with theft for taking ring

VANCOUVER (CP) -- NDP MP Svend Robinson has been charged with theft after he admitted to taking an expensive diamond ring in April.

Robinson is to appear in provincial court on July 8, said a news release from the criminal justice branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

A spokesman in Robinson's Burnaby-Douglas riding said no one was available immediately to comment.


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Link Byfield: Justice and rights for WHO

June 25 2004, 10:19 AM 

Court jester

Odd how it surprises people that a thief has been charged

When B.C. MP Svend Robinson was finally charged Monday for stealing a fancy ring last April 9, e-mail letters poured in to the Citizens Centre expressing satisfaction and surprise.

Odd how it surprises people that a confessed jewel thief was charged with theft, but in this case it does. And for a reason.

We all know Robinson represents a special national constituency favoured by the courts. Judges are now privately lectured and sensitized by government-funded gay organizations. Judges and gay litigants even party together.

We also know the decision whether to charge Robinson for his video-taped and confessed crime was handed to a "special prosecutor" for unexplained "political reasons."

We watched at Robinson's press conference how he pleaded several special excuses -- "severe stress," "emotional pain," and "inner turmoil." None of which are supposed to matter to a criminal prosecutor, yet apparently did.

Skeptics also noticed how the media immediately adopted Robinson's own phrase that he had "pocketed" the ring. They never say someone "pocketed" the contents of a cash register.

But in this case, the verb "to steal" sounded harsh and excessive, even though the crime was grand larceny.


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