A deep sigh from exasperation and resignation. I thought I lived in a country that did the right thing.
Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun Published: Monday, January 14, 2008
Facing an extradition hearing Jan. 21 and the all-but-certain prospect of delivery to American authorities, Emery has cut a deal with U.S. prosecutors to serve his sentence in Canada.
If accepted by the courts in both countries, Emery said he will serve the full term and not be eligible for Canada’s lenient get-out-of-jail-early rules.”I’m going to do more time than many violent, repeat offenders,” he complained. “There isn’t a single victim in my case, no one who can stand up and say, ‘I was hurt by Marc Emery.’ No one.
“He’s right. Whatever else you may think of Emery – and he grates on many people, what is happening here is a travesty of justice. Emery’s case mocks our independence as a country. Prosecutors in Canada have not enforced the law against selling pot seeds and all you need do is walk along Hastings Street between Homer and Cambie for proof.
Canadian police grew so frustrated that neither prosecutors nor the courts would lock up Emery and throw away the key, they urged their U.S. counterparts to do the dirty work. And that’s what’s wrong.
Our extradition law puts Canadian citizens at the mercy of foreign governments and judges can’t do much about it. Emery is being forced to accept a deal because not only are two of his friends in jeopardy if he doesn’t, but also to go south for an unfair trial would mean serving as much as 20 years in prison, perhaps more.
I have cartooned Marc a few times. Yes he’s brazen. Yes, he’s in your face. But what he has done is not illegal in his country.