Letters to the Editor

Grow op decision demoralizing

A decision to dismiss charges after police seized several marijuana plants from a home in Surrey has angered a number of letter writers.  - FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER
A decision to dismiss charges after police seized several marijuana plants from a home in Surrey has angered a number of letter writers.
— image credit: FILE PHOTO / THE LEADER

It was shocking to read Justice Catherine Bruce threw out a case against an alleged pot grower.

Our police officers put their lives in dangerous situations when they go after drug criminals but unfortunately the justice system lets criminals go free based on a small technicality. Even if police made a small mistake, criminals should still be prosecuted and sentenced. Otherwise the justice system is demoralizing the police force.

Often we read news criticizing the police force whenever there are gangland murders, etc.

But it is the justice system that fails the efforts of our police force. Most of the gang murder victims were arrested and charged many times before but the justice system either set them free or gave them very light sentences.

We should seriously look at and make changes to our justice system and not let these criminals go scot- free.

Kanwaljit Singh Gill

Ruling was nonsense

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Re: Battering ram (drug raid) case from Surrey thrown out by judge.

 Every time I hear nonsense like this it just adds to the anguish. Do judges like this one live in a different world? Are they friends with the crooks? Are they making more work for themselves?  Normally I would not say this. But I am just so fed up with these type of rulings.

Dave Bains

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Dangerous precedent

I am appalled, no, thoroughly disgusted, by the decision of Justice Catherine Bruce in her decision that the police should have taken more time before forced entry and therefore dismissing the pot grow op case.

They had reasonable and probable grounds of a criminal offence and were in possession of a valid search warrant.

What were they supposed to do? Give the alleged culprit(s) time to destroy or hide evidence, guns, money or perhaps simply get in position to open fire on the police?

Such an incident occurred just last week in the U.S., when one SWAT officer was killed on entry and another seriously wounded. Both were both married men with children.

Justice Bruce, if such is an example of your interpretation of Charter law, you have failed the system. You are part of our problem in fighting crime.

As for Crown counsel, if this case is not aggressively appealed it will set a dangerous precedent. And police will be killed by such future entry delays.

Gerry Dwyer

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Decision in disrepute

Justice Catherine Bruce has been quoted as saying that admitting the evidence collected by the RCMP with regard to the grow op “would bring the administration of justice into disrepute”.

She shouldn’t worry too much... she’s doing a great job of that all on her own.

Peter Dabbs

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