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The Alberta Report
February 15, 1999

Selective Humiliation 

Re: "The sands of crime," (Jan. 25).

HOW interesting that defence lawyer Edward Greenspan should attack the justice system for having put his client, former Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan, through the "public humiliation" of having to answer 42-year-old rape charges.

In 1984, Mr. Greenspan expressed a view consistent with public humiliation, concerning the prosecution of alleged Nazi war criminals residing in Canada. He advocated "pictures of the war criminals should be published in a book listing all the allegations against them and widely distributed to book stores, libraries and the homes of their neighbours." He was referring to mere suspects, not convicted war criminals, facing hard-to-defend charges that were also 42 years old.

We need not wonder how Mr. Greenspan would have reacted had another lawyer suggested during the rape trial that Mr. Regan's photo be posted in many public venues as a cautionary measure. He would have been outraged, and rightly so. So why the double standard?

Orest Slepokura,
Strathmore, Alta.

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