FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA. July 11, 2013.There are times when you think the Canadian judicial system has been transplanted from North Korea or some similar despotism. When inveterate letter writing Brad Love was arrested back On May 13 on seven counts of “harassment” and “sending scurrilous material” through the mail. His initial bail conditions, in addition of $2,000 of his money, would have made Kim Jong-On of North Korea blush: Mr. Love was not to “mail, e-mail or text any person.” That’s right, nobody! He couldn’t even send his own ailing father a Father’s Day card. Nor was he to communicate in any way “with any public office holder.”
To be clear, none of Mr. Love’s written or phone communications contained threats. He was merely his usual forceful and opinionated self about such issues as foreign aid (opposed), Third World immigration (opposed) and wasteful politicians (strongly opposed). But today’s media and political class are very nervous and scared of forceful and opinionated people. The police have targeted Mr. Love for over 20 years.
Using arguments and case law prepared for him by CAFE, Mr. Love successfully argued today for a change in these bail conditions. “I got my mailing (e-mailing and texting) rights back and I also regained the right to contact public officials, except the ones he was accused of contacting in the charges. But, I didn’t get my money back,” he added.
I explained: “Yes, I”e contacted the newspaper (Fort McMurray Today) and the radio station and I once had a public give-and-take with the local OXFAM representative. But it was two guys having a conversation. How does that become ‘harassment’?” he asks.
The Judge noted: “I must caution you. You have a prior history” of controversy.
Mr. Love observes: “My past was not part of any record disclosed oe me. This is a bit of an impropriety!”
In the long dragged out, victim breaking process that is Canadian legal proceedings these days — Mr. Love must again take time off work –, he is back in Court, July 24 for his next appearance. “It’s to set a date for the preliminary hearing. I will be asking for disclosure,” Mr. Love added. ___________________________
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