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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Friday, August 30, 2002

Clark ad nauseam... part trois

Vancouver Sun court reporter Neal Hall's story on the acquittal of Glen Clark on breach-of-trust charges gives a hint as to why the special prosecutor charged Clark even when the case against him wasn't particularly compelling.

The case against Clark was linked to Dimitrios Pilarinos's attempts to get a casino licence for the North Burnaby Inn. While Pilarinos was convicted on six of the counts against him, Clark was exonerated on all charges.

[Special prosecutor Bill] Smart suggested if Pilarinos had been the only one charged, the public and the media might question why the premier had not been charged.

As for appeals...

He said the Crown conducted its case fairly and impartially. Asked if the Crown planned to file an appeal, he said he could not make that decision without consulting others.

Richard Fowler, a member of Clark's legal team, said he doubts the Crown will appeal because the judge crafted a fine legal decision that can only be appealed on points of law.

In other words, don't bet on an appeal.

Incidentally, Hall is one of the best, if not THE best courthouse reporter in the city. His work is one of the reasons why the Vancouver Sun is a barely tolerable newspaper
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