Su­pe­rior Court Judge go­ing af­ter ab­sent ju­rors

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

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.

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