From The National Post
Why is this man smiling? I’d bet it’s because he’s just been given a free pass to go back to the ranch, resume his duties as a Christian fundamentalist and commit a fresh batch of rapes against more young ‘brides’ with a God pass in tow. Religion1, Virtue 0.
Polygamy charges thrown out against Bountiful leaders
Criminal polygamy charges against B.C. religious leaders Winston Blackmore and Jim Oler have been thrown out.
B.C. Supreme Court Judge Sunni Stromberg-Stein made the ruling Wednesday in B.C. Supreme Court, said Neil MacKenzie, a Crown spokesman.
Both Blackmore and Oler filed separate petitions in B.C. Supreme Court seeking to quash the charges against them.
Blackmore is the leader of the fundamentalist Mormon commune in Bountiful, B.C.
Blackmore, 52, and Oler, 44, were charged in January with one count each of practising polygamy, charges that were recommended by special prosecutor Terry Robertson — the third outside counsel hired by the attorney-general’s ministry to review evidence gathered during a two-year RCMP investigation.
The two previous lawyers had recommended that the anti-polygamy section of the Criminal Code be referred to the B.C. Court of Appeal to determine whether it breaches the constitutional guarantees of religious freedom.
In September 2006, following an investigation by the RCMP, Crown counsel decided not to lay any charges.
Then-attorney-general Wally Oppal decided a review of the matter was required and special prosecutor Richard Peck was appointed to conduct a charge assessment.
Peck decided not to lay any charges and Oppal appointed Len Doust, another prominent criminal defence lawyer, to review Peck’s decision. In April 2008 Doust confirmed Peck’s finding and declined to prosecute.
In June 2008, Robertson was then appointed by the ministry and in January he approved the charges against Blackmore and Oler.
Canwest News Service
photo: Winston Blackmore (Ian Smith/Canwest News Service)