I wanted to give you an update on our dad's trial.
As I mentioned in the last post, on August 5 we were called back into court by the judge. He requested further submissions on an important consideration in the case—Mens Rea—the state of mind of the accused. After that day he ruled there would be no amendment made to include recklessness, unless the crown brought forward and successfully argued an application to amend the charges. On August 6 she submitted her written application.
We appeared in court September 4 to hear the crown's application. The judge asked us to come back Oct 6 to provide our arguments against it. If I heard him correctly on Oct 6, I believe he said he will have his ruling on the amendment application by Dec 15. Also, a new final verdict date was set for January 22, 2016.
So, after so much waiting, we will patiently wait a few more months for this to be done. We're doing our best to stay positive and use this time in limbo to heal and plan for 2016.
Words can't express our appreciation from the bottom of our hearts for your support and encouragement through all this. Your contributions have helped our dad keep his head above water during these last few months.