Absolute discharge for two Americans
Oneweek ago, two Colombian-born American citizens, 29 year-old Jairo Agudelo who is a member of the American Air Force and Giovani Cepeda, 31, who is with the American Navy, were accused of illegally bringing four Colombians into Canada, dropping them off in Stanstead. The four Colombians were to apply for refugee status.
After spending a few days in jail, the two American citizens were brought before Judge Serge Champoux for their bail hearing. The judge refused to release them. The very next day, lawyer Blanchette brought his two clients before Judge Michel Beauchemin, to register a plea of guilty to the charges. Judge Beauchemin gave both men absolute discharges and ordered each of them to give $2,500 to a worthy cause. As the old saying goes, the right hand (Judge Michel Beauchemin) gave what the left hand (Judge Serge Champoux) had refused to give the day before.