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Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 2:49 PM
Subject: Newfoundland Justice
Dear Premier Williams:
I'm calling attention to the Byron Prior case which has the appearance of justice in reverse, which we've seen more of in recent times.
As you know, Byron has been trying for over 40 years to bring justice to the statutory rape of his sister. The accused are Mr. Hickman and Mr. Mathews. These individuals can be cleared once and for all by a simple blood test but they refuse and the judge refuses to order it, why? Is there rank immunity from law breaking in Canada? Any Canadian citizen would be ordered to perform such a simple test in a minute when accused of rape.
Rather than order the test of proof, the judge has found a way to silence the accuser by ordering a psychiatric assessment. It's pretty well guaranteed that with this much political pressure the psychiatrist will buckle under to the pressure and Byron will be declared a mental case. Is it possible he could be referred to a non-biased psychiatrist in another province? If Byron is declared mentally incompetent the precedent in Canada will be set that citizens with any degree of mental set-back have no right to report a rape.
Lloyd Brinson, (CFJ)