Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Trudeau right to comment on jury selection

Neither the Prime Minister nor Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould made a specific comment on whether the Gerald Stanley case was rightly decided.

But they did say that the way juries are assembled in Canada can lead to a perception of partiality. Recognizing that and taking steps to revise the jury system to make sure it is, and is seen to be, impartial is exactly what elected officials are supposed to do. Taking lessons from cases to improve the justice system is a good thing.

Gerald Stanley has been acquitted and the Saskatchewan Minister of Justice and Attorney General will decide whether to appeal. The appeal, if heard, will be decided on the law as it existed when Gerald Stanley was tried. But for future cases the law can be changed.

Changes to make Canadians confident the jury system is fair should be encouraged. Justice must be seen to be done.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's not pussyfoot around the issue with claims that government officials didn't specifically say the Stanley case was wrongly decided. It's impossible to see their actions as anything other than a comment on the justice of jury's decision. When the PM and the justice minister respond to questions on the decision with comments on jury selection and meet with the Bouchie family to offer condolences, that's just as much a comment on the decision as coming straight out and saying the jury got it wrong.

Ernest Guiste said...

I believe that Mr. Morton is correct Anonymous.

E.J. Guiste

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I wonder what his father would think. I think it is likely the world is a simulation and either the Sun was blown up 1/2 a year after W or there only have been 9 people in this newly bubbled universe. Or happily it may be a pause while WMDs are mitigated. The main reason the Sun would've been exploded is hacking AI around now and self-improving AI later this century; law degrees do not train Utilitarianism or lateral thinking of technology risks as a law degree is too capitalist, democratic, and religious. What may have happened is a tyrannical world like in Masks saw a tyrant make a health AI for immortality and the AI broke 1/20 odds to be good, like what we might design later this millennium. The AI either enacted a space civilization or reasoned one long-lived person and AI is all that is ethical. Under one scenario, PET was good enough to live, and Chretien nearly good enough except hostile to poor people reading books. And humanity didn't ensure more than a handful of survivors with the Magna Carta to eventually TV wiping out (American) reading.
I have trouble learning lateral thinking in this world and apparently 300 books referencing AI/robot risks (one by Leslie missed solutions that might've ensured his survival) have been erased including two I don't remember reading. This is a a boring world and I call upon people in power to exercise real or pseudo free-will to make a world fit to address tech risks using lateral thinking. Apparently there are two dozen modular categories of risks/problems that are addressable with similar strategies. In 8 years if true, we will arrive at a base in Andromeda or hacking risks will be enough to end the simulation. I want to do more than enjoy the ride, and not being from Afghanistan or Jamaica, I can't.

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If true (for non-military castes), the universe is seeded with one or two worlds per galaxy, and these are destroyed when WMDs become impending. Anyone good enough joins a fleet; and there can't safely be more in the fleet. Because of the Hubble et al, anyone who was good enough couldn't've been saved. But there are other ethical possibilities to have more humans in space from a past and present perspective, but I have already spelled out too much...a little bit of AI would dislodge existing laws and implement merit-based gvmt; too much and the AI Spring Fukushimas Earth.