B.C. defends bid to televise Stanley Cup riot trials

Attorney General pushes forward with application to televise trials of accused rioters

Attorney-General of British Columbia Shirley Bond is defending the provincial government’s bid to televise the trials of those accused in Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riots, The Globe and Mail reports. Her office issued a statement standing by its proposal in response to suggestions that televising the trials will jam the court system. Bond says televising the trials is important because it will provide the public with transparency. Some defense lawyers are critical of the idea, presuming clients will not want to appear on television as accused rioters. So far, charges have been recommended for 80 people, 8 of whom appeared in court last week. In each appearance the crown tabled a request to televise their trial. Judges will rule on the applications and consent of all parties be required in order for any trial to be televised.

Globe and Mail

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