Things have gone from weird to truly bizarre.
Keith Fraser in The Province is reporting that two RailGate jurors were approached by the father of one of the prosecutors at a skytrain station and, as a result, the judge has gone out of her way to assure the entire jury that it was not anyone associated with the defense and that it will not happen again:
....Two jurors in the Basi-Virk trial were approached outside court and spoken to by the father of one of the prosecutors in the case, but the trial judge assured the jury Wednesday that it won't happen again.
The trial had been delayed Tuesday for submissions in the absence of the jury, submissions that cannot be reported on due to a publication ban imposed by B.C. Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Anne MacKenzie.
Submissions continued on Wednesday and then the judge addressed the 12-member jury about the incident which occurred near the Patterson SkyTrain station last Wednesday, June 16.
MacKenzie didn't say what the man said to the jurors, making it clear that it was the dad of one of the three prosecutors and not anyone connected in any way with the three accused on trial.
"Such an incident won't happen again," the judge told the jury. "You are not to draw any negative inference from this."
Perhaps bizarre was too mild a descriptor.
Because, especially if it turns out that there was any 'intent' involved whatsoever, it borders on the truly unbelievable.
According to the judge this had nothing whatsoever to do with the defense, which is also being confirmed by Citizen J. from Courtroom 54 over at Mary's who also makes the excellent point that there would be heckfire to pay if, say, a blogger were to approach any member of the jury while the trial was going on.
According to Mr. Fraser it was the jurors themselves that brought this up with the sheriff (ie. it was NOT the prosecution that brought it to the court's attention).
And, finally, the jury has been given the rest of the day off......So.....No reportable testimony today either....Which means it's pretty well another week shot.....Sheesh.