Superior Court Judge going after absent jurors
At least 134 people did not show up at the Sherbrooke Courthouse after being subpoenaed for the Werner Kyling trial that was held from last November to April 1st of this year. Eighty-nine of those absent prospective jurors had recently received another warning asking them to be present in court last week. Judge Yves Tardif wanted to know the reasons, good or bad, why they had not showed up as requested last September. He was to decide, after hearing the people’s explanations, if they were or were not guilty of contempt of court. It took a whole day to listen to everyone. Thirty three of them were found guilty and sentenced to fines from $50 to $200, depending on the quality of their reasons for having been absent. The others were acquitted.
A 96 year-old woman, who took 20 minutes just to make it from the court house entrance to room No:1, explained to Judge Tardif that, back in September, no one where she lives had told her about a subpoena. Needless to say she was acquitted. Judge Tardif would like an investigation to be made about an unusual situation that occurred in Magog. Convocations had been sent to six people all at different addresses. Funny enough, the letters that came back to Sherriff Charlotte Bélair, through Post Express, had all been signed by the same person, Denis Lussier. Finally, Judge Tardif reassured all those found guilty of contempt of court that they would not have a criminal record.