Update: Ian Reid, who was both inside and outside the courtroom this morning, has the most value-added, CorpMedia or otherwise, that I have read on this matter so far, here....
Well, well, well.....
The RailGate trial has been delayed.
Apparently, this time the delay has occurred because the Special Prosecutor, Bill Berardino, has decided to make like George Costanza and shout.....
Here is the money quote from Neal Hall's first-past-the-post report in the VSun:
Perhaps now is the time to throw in Keith Fraser's wee bit of added value in The Province:
'....The judge adjourned the trial until next Monday.
At jury selection, there were more than 40 witnesses on the list. Since the trial began in May, that has been cut down by a number of witnesses.
Outside court, Berardino said that his decision to reduce the witness list was in the best interests of the justice system. He said his decision would not impair the strength of the Crown’s case.....'
Sure thing Mr. B.
Of course, it had nothing to do with the way the defense has wiped the floor with your first two witnesses and the third, the ol' Flight Instructor, 'allegedly' slated to be up next.
All of which begs the question.....
Just who, exactly, was on that original Top 40 RailGate Hit List of Mr. Berardino's?
Well, we don't know for sure, because, despite reports indicating that the list was read, in full, in open court, with the jury present, it has never, to the best of our knowledge, been published as one complete set.
We did do our best to piece it together previously, based on myriad published reports though.
As a result, this is what we came up with back in May of this year (ie. 2010):
Campbell Administration Apparatchiks
WestCoast FedLib Rainmakers
Former Campbell Government Ministers
ClaudeMongeau (CN's current Big Boss not named David)
Rob Ritchie (CP's Former Big Boss who cried wolf)
John Nash (CP Exec.)
Gary Rennick (OmniTrax' COO)
Dwight Johnson (OmniTrax' CEO)
John McLernon (BC Rail's former* Chairman and the former Chair of the 'Evaluation Committee' during the BC Rail Restructuring*)
Kevin Mahoney (BC Rail's former* CEO and a former 'Staff Advisor' during the BC Rail Restructuring*)
Brian Kenning (former* BC Rail Board Member)
Former Agents in the Employ of OmniTrax:
We were right so far (which wasn't very bloody difficult).
It sure will be interesting to see who remains, don't ya think, especially given the fact that this has all been done, according to Wild Bill at least, 'in the best interests of the justice system'.