Mess Media, April 14, 2010
The prosecution of Michael Bryant continues to crawl its way through the justice system he once ran, as his case is once again delayed.
Vancouver-based lawyer Richard Peck reviewed the evidence against the former Ontario Attorney-General and decided a follow-up investigation was necessary.
Toronto lawyer, Mark Sandler, representing the Crown informed provincial court Justice Paul Bentley that police would be re-interviewing witnesses and conducting further forensic tests.
During his time as Ontario attorney general, Bryant was responsible for appointing Ontario judges and prosecutors. Peck has been brought in from Bryant’s home province of British Columbia as prosecutor to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest.
The case was put over until May 25 at 9:30 am.
Bryant’s lawyer, Marie Henein was supposed to indicate in court today how Bryant wishes to be tried. He may choose to be tried in the Ontario Court of Justice in front of a judge only, or in the higher court, the Superior Court in front of a judge alone or a judge and jury.
Bryant, 44, is charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death in relation to the death of cyclist Darcy Allan (AL) Sheppard, 33, after a traffic altercation on August 31, 2009.
Video evidence shows Bryant deliberately rammed his car into Sheppard from behind before attempting to flee the scene of the attack. Sheppard grabbed on to his car and Bryant fled with Sheppard attached.
Witnesses then say that Bryant sped away at about 90 km/hr on the wrong side of the road. He mounted the curb and intentionally drove into obstacles to knock Sheppard off his car. Sheppard died from the resulting multiple collisions.
Michael Bryant once again did not appear in court.