It was reported April 02/08 that the judge in the trial had ruled on the previous day that a publication ban on the identities of his co-accused , in reference to the minor in the first trial, is necessary to "prevent a real and substantial risk to the fairness of their trial."
The judge went a little further to explain in his ruling:
"It is difficult to conceive of a case in which there is a greater risk of sustained and prejudicial pre-trial publicity," wrote Superior Court Justice John Sproat in a ruling that was delivered in a Brampton court.
"Sustained and inflammatory pre-trial publicity may improperly influence and prejudice the minds of jury members despite their best efforts to set aside any bias and focus solely on the evidence heard in court."
It does leave one wondering if the accused can get a fair trial, anyway.
The atmosphere of prejudice, that abounds towards Muslims, is reminiscent of the hysteria of the witch hunts of old.
You know, witch hunts , state sanctioned or at the very least implicitly condoned by the state, in which panicked , hysterical, fearful people, who somehow believed they were morally superior, went off torturing and killing people whom they had already deemed guilty and worthy of such persecution.
One is very nearly waiting with baited breath to see if some crazy new "test" can be dreamt up or approved of, in which society will be able to decide which muslims are "terrorists".
Back to the trial.
The Crown argued the media should be permitted to report on the proceedings, but should be prohibited from revealing anything that would identify the adults.
Lawyer for media outlets made a different arguement.
Lawyer Paul Schabas, who represented several news agencies including the Star, argued no form of publication ban, however limited, was justifiedThe trial resumes on Monday, April 7/08
He argued that with so much information already in the public domain, an observer could try to correlate the public information with the trial evidence and draw inferences as to which accused was being referenced.