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Hate charge stayed against former lecturer

Terrence Tremaine was charged for postings on Jews

A hate charge has been stayed against a former University of Saskatchewan lecturer because the case took too long to get to trial.

Terrence Tremaine was charged in 2008 with wilfully promoting hatred for postings he allegedly made on the Internet about Jews.

Tremaine appeared in a Regina court today where Judge Fred Kovach stayed the charge because of an unreasonable delay.

Kovach said a trial date still has not been set, adding it could be months away.

He also noted that the maximum punishment if convicted would be two years in prison — twice the amount of time Tremaine has waited for the case to work its way through the courts.

The Crown says it needs time to review the decision before deciding whether to appeal.

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