April 29, 2015

Alberta election: Case of ex-justice minister Denis still closed to public

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

It's up to a judge in Calgary to decide whether to allow the public a glimpse into the legal dispute between former Justice minister Jonathan Denis and his estranged wife Breanna Palmer.

Palmer's lawyer has argued the matter should be held in open court, even as an ongoing publication ban prohibits any media reports of the details.

The Rebel.media was denied access to court documents by a court clerk who said the file is sealed, and no one could see it.

Premier Jim Prentice asked Denis to step down as minister of Justice after learning of the court proceedings, saying it would not be appropriate for Denis to continue.

Prentice was asked why its ok for him to know what's happening and not members of the public.

He repeated the matter is before the courts, that he asked Denis to quit and says it's up to the justice system to deal with it.

Denis' legal woes are taking time away from his campaigning where he's in a dogfight to hold on to his seat in Calgary-Acadia.


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commented 2015-04-30 08:23:09 -0400
Yes, there are always ways around just about everything.
commented 2015-04-29 22:35:52 -0400
It doesn’t have to be a member of the Rebel staff. It could be anyone who is like minded and has the day off to go to the court room. As far as the Rebel reporting it? They don’t have to. There are plenty of American web sites that would be glad to do it.

All the Rebel or any of its readers have to do is direct people to that web site (on a matter completely unrelated to the court case of course- snicker).
“Oh look gosh! I went to Glen Beck’s “The Blaze” looking for a story about the Baltimore riots and just below it in the comments section was a comment about the Denis court case! How strange."

In case you are wondering I believe the judge’s motivation in ordering a publication ban had much to do with Denis’ re-election chances rather than family privacy.
commented 2015-04-29 22:05:51 -0400
Open to the public now, yes, but the publication ban remains, so theRebel still cannot report the details of it, even if they did have the available personnel to spare to sit in on the hearings.
commented 2015-04-29 21:59:58 -0400
“The judge, however, granted a request from both sides that the publication ban remain in place.”

Screw you judge. That’s what the internet is for. Ok somebody go to the court proceedings. Phone a friend in the U.S. with what you have learned and have THEM post it on the internet.

Aaawwwww I guess the all powerful canadian judiciary can go suck it. There’s an election on. People need to know what sort of people were in the Prentice government and no pompous assed judge is going to stop that.
commented 2015-04-29 19:40:06 -0400
The Rebel is conservative media with specific objectives all true conservatives share. What is your point fighting against HERE?
commented 2015-04-29 19:17:49 -0400
Once again I say and you seem to miss the point….this is not a criminal court matter it is a family court matter and therefore deemed to be none of the public’s business. That is the nature of family court.

Now believe me Fathers 4 Justice would love to see ALL family court matters become open and public because the crass injustice and corruption that occurs there would not endure public scrutiny.

But family court is the very life blood of the legal system….most law firms could not pay their light bill if family law was reformed.

MANY MANY MANY men loose everything including their livelihood as a result of the sanctioned perjury that takes place there.

So if what you are trying to achieve is to crack that nut in the name of public interest in this case…good luck…it has been my experience and the experience of whole platoons of lawyers who have tried in the past that you have no chance of success.

It is like going to Castle Dracula to complain that vampires suck blood.