Ontario Court of Appeal dates chosen. When fighting the man having patience is key to victory.
After spending a week hunkering down on our response for the R v. Mernagh appeal, Paul Lewin and myself have decided more time is needed to respond to the prosecutor’s fifty-four page factum. I began growing my appeal playoff beard and got my hair cut respectable. We were getting our eye of the tiger on and practicing putting on headbands. Now like George St. Pierre we’ve had to back out. So, new Ontario Court of Appeal dates will be chosen, probably in six to eight months from now. Two nice summer days would be great because we can smoke out the Osgoode Hall grounds before, during and after court. No one wants to smoke joints outside in March.
Yes, I know many people will be disappointed to read R v. Mernagh dates are changing. Some people have already booked off work. Then there are those people charged with a cannabis crime who are waiting on the outcome of my precedent setting case having their fate postponed.
We don’t want to rush our written response to Ontario Court of Appeal justices. Our patient witnesses agree. SB gave us our new moto, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” It’d be wonderful goal to have those witnesses who would like to attend the appeal in person to be sitting in the front row.
Besides Lewin, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and HIV AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario are also preparing factums. The three justices reviewing the appeal will rely heavily on the prosecutor, our’s and intervener’s factums – not the two days of oral arguments – to form their opinions. Only evidence presented at my trial will be reviewed. No new stats. No new problems. No proposed changes. We created a small mountain of transcripts, 3200 pages worth, which both sides will use as ammunition. It’s going to take us time to review the evidence and carefully craft our written response.
I’ll announce dates when I get them.
Mernagh Court Dates May 7 & 8 | Matt Mernagh
New court dates are May 7 and 8. Days following the Global Marijuana March.
News about us changing the Mernagh court dates seems not to be traveling as fast as news about the old court dates. Plenty of enthusiastic potheads have tweeted me, msg me on FaceBook, sent an email and even asked in person about what’s happening in court this week – I’ve had to respond the dates were changed to May 7 and 8 to accommodate our rebuttal to their appeal. So many requests I’ve opted to write another quick post. We are in Ontario Court of Appeal on May 7 and 8, which just happens to be the days following Global Marijuana March (May 5). How amazing is that? It’s almost too awesome for words. The excellent energy from worldwide protests will just carry over into the courtroom. I’m sure of it. When I was informed of the new dates, my immediate thought was, ‘that’s after the Global Marijuana March how incredibly timed.’ Why not make a weekend of it? Come out for Toronto’s Global Marijuana March (the largest in the world) then Monday morning join me at Osgoode Hall at Queen and University for the most extensive assault on Canada’s marijuana laws ever. Will Canada’s second highest court uphold The Mernagh Ruling, effectively legalizing marijuana possession and production?
Edited by pepper23, 16 April 2012 - 12:02 PM.
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