‘There was also a publication ban on the Hartnell trial,’ wrote Crown witness Sylvia MacEachern @ Sylvia’s Site (The Inquiry), April 16 + LA ROSA repost

Published April 22, 2014 by goyodelarosa

Guilty of breaching publication ban


Posted on April 16, 2014 by Sylvia @ Sylvia’s Site

A number of people have been asking me what happened at the trial at which I testified in Victoria, BC on 12 March of this year.

I didn’t have a clue. I was there for one day. There was no media coverage. I was in the dark.

Well, the following article appeared in yesterday’s Victoria Times Colonist:

15 April 2014: Blogger found guilty of violating judge’s publication ban

Gregory Hartnell has been found guilty of breaching the publication ban on the Father Phil Jacobs preliminary hearing. And, yes, the breach entailed comments he blogged on Sylvia’s Site. I thought there was more to the charges than that, but, as I found out when I arrived in Victoria to testify, the charges related solely to comments he posted on Sylvia’s Site.

The message to one and all is loud and clear: please please take care one and all on reporting what happens in court during preliminary hearings. There is virtually always a publication ban on all testimony at preliminary hearings. And there is generally always a publication ban on the identity of victims at both preliminary hearings and at trial.

As you see, there was also a publication ban on the Hartnell trial. I wasn’t aware of that until now. Thankfully, for a variety of reasons, I didn’t blog a word 🙂 What an absolute comedy of errors that would have been!

Anyway, the verdict for Gregory Hartnell is guilty. Sentencing is yet to come. But, as you see, Hartnell is first challenging the constitutionality of Section 539. (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. If that section is struck down Hartnell will not be convicted. I would guess that this is a Charter challenge claiming right to freedom of speech?

Here is the wording of Section 539 (1) of the Criminal Code:

539. [1] Prior to commencement of the taking of evidence at a preliminary inquiry, the justice holding the inquiry

[a] may, if application therefor is made by the prosecutor, and
[b] shall, if application therefor is made by any of the accused,
make an order directing that the evidence taken at the inquiry shall not be published in any newspaper or broadcast before such time as, in respect of each of the accused,

[c] he is discharged; or
[d] if he is ordered to stand trial, the trial is ended.
I don’t know when the next court date is. I will do what I can next week to find out. I am certainly interested.

The judges’ Reasons for Judgement (for the guilty verdict) should be posted within the next week or so. Perhaps that will be put on hold pending the outcome of the challenge? if not I will post for the benefit of all. It is good for all of us to know.


One comment on “‘There was also a publication ban on the Hartnell trial,’ wrote Crown witness Sylvia MacEachern @ Sylvia’s Site (The Inquiry), April 16 + LA ROSA repost

  • Dear Gregory,

    Yes, I know you told me not to email you again, but, I wanted to let you know I returned to Vancouver Island on March the 6th of this year and have now taken up residency in Parksville. I was sorry to hear about your court case. I would like recommend a gentleman who is well versed on the copywrite laws in this country, and could be of assistance to you if you are to challenge the court.

    In the meantime and in-between time, I wanted to let you know I Re-Launched my Puget Sound Radio last Thursday with a not only a new look, but new forum, new logo…. as you may recall I was looking for a lighthouse logo and I met this young fellow last fall, with his dad at Serious Coffee out at Can-West which is now called ??? it was an amazing meeting, just as the meet with the other young graduate student from bcit who has joined with me and helped produce our new Presentation!

    Gregory, I Love you and Dawn and always will… Let us not be enemies, time is far too short…

    Lord Bless you both,

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