Prejudicial to broadcast accused’s record on internet
By Marcy Segal
Social media has allowed information that should never be disclosed prior to a fair trial to be shared with anyone and everyone.
If accused Eaton Centre shooter Christopher Husbands, who is “alleged” to have committed such a heinous crime, is in fact guilty, which will be determined after a fair trial, then he should be given the maximum sentence allowed by law.
And, if convicted, assuming that he has done nothing to repent and is not rehabilitated, he should never be allowed to reintegrate into society.
But . . . it is highly inappropriate and prejudicial to broadcast his criminal record on the internet.
It is also inappropriate and unprofessional to publish that his lawyer was allegedly attempting to hide his face with a book while he was being remanded.
And, from a personal observation, what parent gives an interview describing their relationship? This is not the time for the father to attempt to gain credibility by trashing his son.
However, by no means am I forgetting the obvious: one person dead, 7 injured, hundreds of shoppers mortified, thousands of neighbors frightened, and an entire city both afraid and sad that Toronto is no longer as safe as it once was.