October 17, 2015
Mark Sandler will be this year’s recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal for outstanding contributions to criminal justice. Richard Peck was last year’s recipient. The Award will be presented to Sandler at the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association Convention on Halloween, October 31, 2015 between 1pm-3pm at the Toronto Marriot Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Sandler and Peck are most famous as the defence attorneys chosen to act as prosecutors in the Michael Bryant road rage case that involved his killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard.
The Ontario Criminal Lawyers Association (CLA) presents the G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal annually. Past recipients include famed defence attorneys such as John Robinette, Eddie Greenspan (Marie Henein’s mentor) and James Lockyer who founded the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
In his book “28 Seconds”, Michael Bryant wrote about the closeness of the Toronto criminal defence bar. He said:
“But I learned something about the criminal defence bar in Toronto. They stick together and work together to help each other, even if they’re not retained on the case. This doesn’t apply to every lawyer, but amongst those who reciprocate, there is a small group of colleagues who advance the interests of the accused, at large.”
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April 23, 2015
NOW Magazine has published new police video of Witness 9.12 in Michael Bryant’s killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard. The video is a police interview that took place a few hours after Bryant killed Sheppard.
Filmmaker Wayne Scott wrote an exclusive article for NOW regarding the release of this and other evidence in his upcoming documentary on the case.
“Much of what you will see and hear in Witness 9.12, the nine-minute video accompanying this story, is being viewed publicly for the first time.
Almost all of the material is from Toronto Police Service files relating to the 2009 investigation that led to criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death charges against former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant in the motor vehicle-related death of cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard.
Virtually all of this information was buried from public view for five years after all charges against Bryant were withdrawn by Richard Peck, the specially-appointed, independent prosecutor from B.C. assigned to oversee the case.”
Darcy Allan Sheppard – Witness 9.12 from NOW Magazine on Vimeo.
April 23, 2015
Allan Sheppard appeared on Jesse Brown’s CANADALAND to talk about newly revealed evidence to the public in the case against Michael Bryant.
Listen to the podcast on CANADALAND and read the transcript of the new audio
“CANADALAND has obtained two eyewitness accounts of the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard. Neither has been publicly released before. They tell a very different tale of the death of Darcy Allan Sheppard than what the media has previously reported. They are followed by an interview with Sheppard’s father, Allan Sheppard”
[00:00:20] “On August 31st, 2009 Darcy Allan Sheppard was killed on Bloor Street West. Michael Bryant the former attorney general of Ontario was charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death. In the immediate aftermath much was made of Bryant’s reputation for pugnacious, aggressive behaviour the term road rage came up many times. The press paid close attention to the fact that Bryant almost instantly hired Navigator as his crisis PR team and Marie Henein as his criminal defense lawyer. But then as the days progressed the media’s focus shifted, it shifted away from Bryant’s reputation and onto Darcy Allan Sheppard’s. Sheppard we were told was a squeegee punk, bike messenger, a drunk also, aggressive and confrontational. Less than a year later all charges against Michael Bryant was dropped. The crown prosecutor proclaimed that Sheppard had been the aggressor and produced a photo of Darcy Allan Sheppard mohawked and half naked, screaming into the driver’s side window of a different car. Since then Michael Bryant has been telling his side of the story again and again.” Jesse
Wayne Scott has obtained and provided to CANADALAND audio tape of the two closest eyewitnesses to the initial altercation between Bryant and Sheppard.
February 14, 2015
Follow Allan Sheppard’s blog on his son’s violent death at the hands of former Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant:
“In the meantime, know that I hope to talk here about my late son Darcy Allan Sheppard and the circumstances and events that preceded and followed his violent death in Toronto on 31 August 2009.”
Mr. Sheppard will also comment on his efforts to understand the special prosecutor’s decision to drop the charges.
“I will also comment extensively on my largely unsuccessful efforts to find out why and how Mr. Peck and Mark Sandler, the Toronto lawyer who oversaw the investigation, chose to exonerate.”
April 30, 2014
After Michael Bryant’s road rage attack and killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard he has embarked on a campaign to deceive the public by reframing, misleading and outright lying about evidence.
Michael Bryant claimed witnesses did not link his killing of Darcy Allan Sheppard with road rage but more than one witness used the term “road rage” to describe Bryant’s behaviour.
May 21, 2013
Documents raise troubling questions regarding prosecutor’s decision to drop charges against former Attorney General.
Darcy Allan Sheppard’s father has released the police collision reconstruction report, officers’ memo books, summary records of 911 calls and other documents that point to questions about freelance prosecutor, Richard Peck’s explanation of his decision that relate to his son’s death.The police reconstruction report contains statements from nineteen eyewitnesses, none of whom mention Michael Bryant’s car stalling. Witnesses clearly paint Bryant as the aggressor, confirming what the surveillance video has already shown.
According to media reports of the court proceedings Michael Bryant received the police reconstruction report on or about March 5, 2010. According to Bryant’s book Mark Sandler interviewed him on March 23, 2010. It should be noted that the reconstruction report makes no mention of the possibility that Bryant’s car could have stalled. It seems this claim may have first been made on March 23, 2010.
View the police reconstruction report here.
From the conclusions of the police report:
Mr. BRYANT struck Mr. SHEPPARD not once, but twice from a stopped position on Bloor Street West east of the pedestrian signalized intersection which was captured on a building security cameras at#102 Bloor Street West.
There was no physical evidence, or independent witness statements suggesting Mr.SHEPPARD affected the steering of the Saab, or anything to suggest he physically attacked Mr. BRYANT.
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