B.C. Appeal Court hearing to decide if Crown lawyers must testify at inquest
- B.C. Appeal Court hearing to decide if Crown lawyers must testify at inquest
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By The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. - B.C.'s Appeal Court will hear arguments today over the issue of Crown prosecutors' immunity from testifying.
The argument has forced the delay of an inquest looking a murder-suicide involving Peter Lee, who killed his son, his wife and his in-laws near Victoria last year.
The jury at the inquest wanted to hear from prosecutors about why Lee was granted bail, but a B.C. Supreme Court judge ruled earlier that the independence of prosecutors needs to be protected.
The B.C. Criminal Justice Branch has said prosecutors are immune under the Constitution from having to justify their decisions.
The court's decision will also affect a public inquiry into the death of Frank Paul, an alcoholic aboriginal man who froze to death in 1998 when a Vancouver police officer left him in an alley.
The inquiry commissioner ruled that three prosecutors had to answer for the decision not to lay charges against the two police officers who dealt with Paul the night he died.
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