Panel of judges re­serves de­ci­sions in Hood con­vic­tion, sen­tence ap­peals

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

A panel of judges on Tues­day re­served their de­ci­sions in the ap­peals of Pic­tou County school teacher Amy Hood’s con­vic­tion and sen­tenc­ing on charges of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence and child lur­ing.

Hood has ad­mit­ted to ex­chang­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit texts with two teenage boys and to per­form­ing oral sex on one of them.

She was found guilty in April 2016. In De­cem­ber, Judge Del At­wood gave Hood a 15-month con­di­tional sen­tence that in­cluded house ar­rest and pro­ba­tion.

He cited her bipo­lar dis­or­der at the time of the 2013 in­ci­dents as a fac­tor, say­ing the fed­eral manda­tory min­i­mum of a year in jail was cruel and un­usual pun­ish­ment.

The Crown ap­pealed ear­lier this year and asked for a two-year jail sen­tence, say­ing the judge should not have re­jected the manda­tory min­i­mum.

Mean­while, Hood’s de­fence lawyer Joel Pink cross-ap­pealed, al­leg­ing er­rors in the trial judge’s orig­i­nal con­vic­tion.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view late Tues­day, Pink said he ar­gued the trial judge erred in dis­cussing the fact that the ac­cused did not tes­tify, de­spite the right to re­main silent.

He also dis­puted At­wood’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of ex­pert ev­i­dence on the de­fence’s con­tention that the ac­cused was not crim­i­nally re­spon­si­ble for her ac­tions at the time.

Pink also coun­tered the Crown’s ap­peal on sen­tenc­ing, say­ing the one-year manda­tory min­i­mum was un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Pink said the ap­peals took up a full day in court.

Hood re­mains free while await­ing the de­ci­sions.

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