Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Can Special Prosecutors Write Essays Too?


One of the best cryptic comments I've read in quite awhile is the following, from an Anon-O-Mouse, that was tacked onto a Bill Tieleman post about the Kash Heed affair:

"What will the topic of (former Special Prosecutor Terrence) Robertson's punishment essay be?

So many choices....."

Which, I presume, refers to this:

....In a statement released Monday (Mar 10, 2008), special prosecutor Terrence Robertson said (former Deputy Minister to Gordon Campbell Kenneth) Dobell plans to plead guilty to a charge of failing to register as a lobbyist, and to return nearly $7,000 he received in fees from the City of Vancouver.

Dobell could face a fine of up to $25,000 under Section 10 of the Lobbyists Registration Act.

In his report, Robertson said he believed Dobell could have been convicted of influence peddling - a Criminal Code offence. But he said it was not in the public interest to charge Dobell with influence peddling because the career civil servant "held an honest but mistaken belief throughout that this activities were lawful."....

Backed with an absolute discharge on the lesser charge followed by an even 'lesser' this:

....He (Mr. Dobell) returned nearly $7,000 in fees to the city and also wrote an essay for the federal Department of Justice warning other retiring bureaucrats to make sure they don't contravene lobbyist laws.....



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