And it’s a good thing

10.05.05

Martha Stewart, as a convicted felon, is not being allowed into Canada. And it’s a better country because of it.

However, reports say she may still get a special permit, issued, presumably, on the basis of being “really really rich and famous”.

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1 DaninVan 10.06.05 at 4:19 AM

I’m guessing Mrs. Martin needs some advice on her turkey…;)

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2 John Palubiski 10.06.05 at 2:49 PM

So DinV, you feel Mrs Martin needs some advice on her turkey.

Hmmm….I had no idea Martha doubled as a marriage consellor…

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3 DaninVan 10.06.05 at 5:11 PM

I was thinking more along the lines of domination.

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4 DaninVan 10.07.05 at 9:53 PM

Speaking of convictions, apparently the Feds don’t have any…

Accused walk free after feds deport witness in murder case
Girlfriend of victim gave police evidence but was sent to back to Jamaica

Shannon Kari
CanWest News Service

Friday, October 07, 2005

TORONTO — First-degree murder charges have been dismissed against two men accused of an ”execution” style killing in Toronto on Christmas Eve 2002 because the federal government deported the main prosecution witness before she could testify.

Justice Antonio Di Zio ruled Thursday he must “discharge” Lloyd Hastings and Kevin Johnson at the end of their preliminary hearing because there was no “admissible” evidence against the two men.

Hastings, 22, and Johnson, 25, were charged last fall with the murder of Yannick Roache, 18, shot after exiting a taxi along with his girlfriend, Andrea Perry, and her two children.

Police alleged a motive was an allegation Roache shot at Hastings a month earlier. The defence was expected to suggest Roache may have been killed by a drug dealer he allegedly robbed.

The victim’s sister Chemere Roache was shot and killed accidentally eight months earlier during a dispute at a Toronto nightclub. Their mother spoke out publicly against gun violence after her son was killed.

Hastings and Johnson were arrested a few weeks after Perry provided a videotaped statement to police and said they shot Roache. She was facing deportation to Jamaica and had been arrested on a minor fraud charge.

Staff Inspector Jeff McGuire, head of the Toronto police homicide squad, wrote to the federal government, asking for a stay of deportation until Perry testified.

While Perry was in the country illegally, she had no criminal convictions. She was deported in January, less than three months after her arrest on fraud charges.

Anna Pape, of the Canada Border Services Agency, said Perry had previously been deported to Jamaica in 2001 and was someone who was known to go “underground.” She stressed the agency cooperates with law enforcement but it must also “weigh the risks to Canadians.”

Defence lawyer Edward Sapiano, who represented Johnson, said the province also failed to seek a “commissioned evidence” hearing where Perry would have been required to testify.

Hastings and Johnson calmly walked out of the courthouse after the ruling to embrace about 20 family members and friends. “I send my condolences,” to the Roache family, said Hastings, who maintained his innocence and insisted “the killers are still out there.”

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