Man be­hind Marc Lepine blog to ar­gue for bail: Lawyer

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIED -

MONTREAL (CP) — A Que­bec man charged with mak­ing death threats against women on a blog that says Polytech­nique killer Marc Lepine has be­come a folk hero is seek­ing bail.

Jean-Claude Rochefort has been be­hind bars since early De­cem­ber af­ter be­ing charged with one count of ut­ter­ing threats.

The Crown al­leges the self­de­scribed men’s rights ad­vo­cate posted hate­ful and men­ac­ing com­ments to­ward women on a blog bear­ing Lepine’s name.

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed and 13 other peo­ple wounded dur­ing Lepine’s shoot­ing ram­page.

Rochefort, 61, has been deemed fit to stand trial af­ter un­der­go­ing a psy­chi­atric eval­u­a­tion.

His bail hear­ing is sched­uled for Thurs­day.

The con­tro­ver­sial blog claims Lepine has evolved into a folk hero be­cause his name res­onates even to­day.

In an in­ter­view with the French-lan­guage arm of the CBC just prior to his ar­rest last De­cem­ber, Rochefort called the web­site “ hu­mor­ous” and said fem­i­nists made a hero out of Lepine by con­stantly talk­ing about the tragedy.

“It’s a mi­nor news event that they’ve turned into some­thing more,” he told Ra­dio-Canada. “Are we go­ing to cel­e­brate Marc Lepine in 50 years? That’s ab­surd.”

The blog, a com­bi­na­tion of writ­ten texts and doc­tored pho­tos of Lepine, is one of sev­eral web­sites ap­par­ently con­nected to the same au­thor, ac­cord­ing to L’apres-rup­ture, a group that as­sists di­vorced fathers.

In one text, Lepine is re­ferred to as “ Saint Marc.”

An­other doc­tored

photo shows the Polytech­nique cam­pus with the cap­tion “ Where it all hap­pened.” That pic­ture is su­per­im­posed on a map of Montreal with a sec­ond cap­tion that reads: “ Where it could all hap­pen again with the right peo­ple and the right equip­ment.”

A bail hear­ing ini­tially sched­uled for Mon­day was post­poned to al­low the judge time to read through about 100 pages worth of blog en­tries en­tered as ev­i­dence.

Rochefort was ar­rested just days be­fore the 20th an­niver­sary of the Polytech­nique tragedy. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian of­fi­cials say they are talk­ing with U.S. diplo­mats about whether 10 Amer­i­can Bap­tists ar­rested try­ing to take chil­dren out of the coun­try should be sent to the United States for prose­cu­tion.

A lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the Amer­i­cans says the nine are be­ing treated poorly and one of them, a di­a­betic, fainted and has been hos­pi­tal­ized.

Haiti’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions min­is­ter says the Amer­i­cans might have to face jus­tice in the United States be­cause Haiti’s court sys­tem has been crip­pled by the Jan. 12 earth­quake.

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