You forgot to mention that RTS info would allow people who rely on the bus to get to work on time to know when they need to call cabs to avoid being fired for not having "reliable transportation;" a pre requisite for even the most menial employment.
I admit as Corey admits, that he has taken part in unlawful activity in his past. But you ignore the point I made that Corey is taking up a spot in the prison system that should be occupied by a more dangerous individual.
Corey's guilt of, and possible incarceration that would have resulted from conviction for, other crimes is irrelevant. We do not have a provision in our legal system that allows for convicting people of crimes they didn't commit in order to make up for the fact that they have not been charged for other crimes they did commit, and the idea is illogical.
Furthermore, Corey cannot claim that he is innocent at this time. It would raise the question of whom is guilty and Corey can't answer that. Given his proximity to the crime there's a chance he has insight into who was guilty. But given the nature of the events that transpired there's just as good a chance that he didn't see any of what happened to the victim. Also, he has already accepted guilt for this crime in a legal sense and so he will have been informed of the implications of claiming anything different afterward. For him to even have a chance at parole he must not only admit his crime but admit REMORSE for it. This man is smart. He will never publicly say that he didn't commit this act because that will make his freedom that more difficult to attain.
None of the people speaking out against Corey repeatedly here acknowledge:
A) That nothing any members of "the community" could do would create a case against the killer because he got away clean, with only hearsay evidence against him. No effort has been made by law enforcement to apprehend that person, and with Corey convicted of it none WILL be made. If the cops and the crown didn't want to hear about who did it when the case was still open because they already had a case against Corey, then they REALLY don't want to hear about it now that it's closed. So stop being ignorant.
B) Almost no one speaking out on the side of Corey is saying that he's an angel, or that "the man" is keeping him down, or that all violent offenders should be let out, or whatever other nonsense you keep spouting. Instead, what's crucial here is that the justice system failed in a HUGE way and that's very scary and should not go by unnoticed. As soon as police were notified that there was another suspect in this case they should have attempted to obtain evidence, like a taped confession using a wiretap, or the murder weapon and so on. Hanging it on Corey was the easy (lazy) way out for law enforcement here. Why make a DIFFICULT case against the real killer, with no evidence and only some vague reports from people that the real killer bragged about it, when they already have an EASY case against someone else. Answer: BECAUSE IT'S THEIR JOB TO CONVICT THE GUILTY and they failed, because it would have been hard. Period.
When police and prosecutors would rather lock up someone who's not guilty than put in the work and efforts needed to make a case against the real perpetrator that's NOT GOOD. And if Luthor and all you other bigots were arrested and charged with something you didn't do, facing circumstantial evidence that could potentially convict you, or a plea that could lighten your sentence, you'd change your tune FAST. I'd like to think I'd have the guts to plead not guilty in that situation, but until you actually face the possibility of serious jail time, you'll never know how that feels, and once you do feel that hopelessness, taking a plea might be something you choose, despite your principles, just to spare yourself and your loved ones even more grief from you being locked up even longer.
Dynamite is 100% right, if somewhat ineloquent. Anybody who really knew Corey would tell you the same thing; he's not a bad guy at all. If he were freed he wouldn't be a danger to anyone.
You can argue that the streets are safer with Corey locked up, but you're wrong because his imprisonment is only IN PLACE OF THE TRUE PERPETRATOR and that person, wherever he may be, represents much more of a threat to you poor cowering citizens than Corey ever could. And the army of keen-to-convict law enforcement who are willing to go deaf and blind to reality when it means they might have an open case sit there like a wound on their records; they are more of a threat to you and your livelihood than any lone "thug."
Maybe Corey deserves jail time for other crimes. Maybe he deserves it just because he wouldn't take the risk of pleading not guilty in the face of a false charge, but no matter what Corey deserves, every taxpaying law abiding citizen, even ignorant loud-mouthed right-wing bigots like Luthor, deserve better than this type of behaviour from our public servants.
Corey Wright is not guilty of this crime, and that is a relevant grievance for which law enforcement alone must answer.
When I first heard Rutger Hauer was doing Hobo With A Shotgun in Halifax I couldn't beilieve it; I thought it was a joke! I knew Jason and the guys had plans to make the movie after the success of the "fake trailer," but Rutger Hauer as Hobo? I had to see the news story online to believe it. I'm a Thrillema fan and I went to school with these guys. I just want to congratulate Jason and John. They are a couple of really great guys and they've earned a chance to do something awesome with some very talented people right here in Halifax/Dartmouth. I can't wait to see the brains blown all over the place on the big screen, and it will be that much more titilating to know that the blood and guts are homegrown.
Great job Jason, I wish you lots of success, even if I can't take my girlfriend to this movie because it will be brutal enough to give her PTSD! As it is I'm betting I may not even be able to get tickets to the premiere show because we all know the Thrillema is going to sell out big time that night thanks to all the fans of Hobo and all the support for this movie from Thrillema fans here in the city. All of that support is deserved. Even though the squeamish among us may argue that this type of splatterfest isn't of any social value, I think the most important thing we can do as people is be creative, and whetever else it may be, this effort is definitely creative. Besides, giving a hobo a shotgun is a way of empowering the powerless and that's a powerful idea, even if it's soaked in blood and little bits of brain and skull. Keep up the good work and lots of luck with the production! Cheers!
I was acquainted with Corey and had the chance to hang out with him a little shortly before all this went down. A couple of my best friends were there that night, so I'm close to this whole thing, but far enough away to be able to see the forest for the trees. Like so many other people, I've heard second-hand from the very beginning who really killed Damon Crooks. I've asked myself: If I had been a witness to it all, and was in a position to testify against the real murderer, would I? This is not an easy question I'm afraid. Is it worth my life and the impact my murder would have on my loved ones just to try and put someone in jail who the police aren't even considering a suspect? It's easy to say that failing to come forward as a witness makes someone a coward, but it's not simple cowardice to care enough about your loved ones to wish that they not be subjected to losing you, especially when you're facing an uphill battle because the cops aren't on the same page, having someone they like as a suspect already, and being totally uninterested in trying to convict the real killer.
As for Corey, whether it matters to the case or not, he really is a nice guy. When I knew him the last thing he was looking for was trouble. The sailors who showed up at the club, on the other hand, by all accounts were doing just that in our city on the night in question. I do not, by any means, believe that everybody who ever starts or enters a fistfight deserves to die; if that were the case most men wouldn't be here. But we are all responsible for our own actions, and any grown man or woman who chooses violence, whether as a form of entertainment, or stress relief, or conflict resolution, or whatever, takes the risk that they may end up beat up, shot up, or stabbed up, and die. That's why no one should choose to be violent any time for any reason except in certain extreme rare circumstances of self preservation. You never know who you're messing with until it's too late.
As for Damon Crooks' child and loved ones; it's always sad when any child must grow up fatherless, whether it's because he's been murdered, or put in jail for murder, the human tragedy that results is the same for that child and I wish it didn't have to be that way for anyone.
Should Corey be free? I can't answer that. He made his choice to plead guilty, but sometimes in life you're given choices that come with the condition of being damned if you do and damned if you don't. Do you give up someone who's part of your social group and who could easily come and kill you next, only to risk a conviction on a higher crime and end up with an even worse sentence than you would have otherwise faced, when the police themselves aren't interested in prosecuting anyone else? OR... Do you take the plea and go to prison for something you didn't do? That's not a choice; it's a lose-lose situation and no matter what you pick you're damned. Jail time ends, but there's no parole from death. And if you do snitch, and by some miracle they manage to convict the real killer, then you're likely to end up shunned by your entire social group, and there's no parole from that either, and losing all your friends can be worse than death or jail for some people.
One thing is clear: Corey did not kill Damon Crooks, and dozens, maybe hundreds of people know who really did. It's not Corey's responsibility to prosecute that person. It's the job of the Crown and the police to create and prove a case against the person who actually committed any crime, and it really bothers me that none of those people were the least bit interested in doing that in this case. Someone needed to be hung for this and it didn't matter who. Corey and my friends shouldn't have to risk theirs and their family's lives to prosecute and convict the real murderer on their own; the police should have done that and they failed. Corey may not be a hero, but if there's a villain in this story I can't decide whether it's the real killer or all the law enforcement professionals who made the choice not to pursue him. The saddest, scariest part of this all, to me as a citizen of this city and this great country, is how little it seems to matter who's really guilty of this murder. All that matters to law enforcement is who they can pin it on, because once a conviction is achieved, they're off the hook, and life goes on no matter who's in jail and who's on the streets. I haven't read the article Andrea referred to: 'Manufacturing Guilt: wrongful convictions in Canada,' but to me that sounds like a way bigger threat to all of us all than one guy with a knife any day of the week.
Thanks for reading.
(Posted again on pupose for those who missed it the first time)
Calling me dense and ranting about spelling just proves that your argument has run out of steam and that my response has gotten under your skin because you know I'm right.
You can't possibly support convictions of individuals for crimes they have not committed. Move on with your life.
Go pick a fight at another website. You're clearly not at a high enough intellectual developmental level to be able to continue this debate in a meaningful way and I have better things to do than keep this up right now.
I really hope you will wake up and realize what this is really about.
As for your response and your 'paraphrasing' of what I said, I respect the fact that you've attacked my stereotyping of the sailors, and you're right, not everyone there was necessarily just looking for a good time on either side of the violence, but you forget that I already admitted both of those facts in my responses. I know not all sailors at all bars are looking for fights, just like, if you're intelligent at all, you know not all rappers at all bars are looking to steal chains and stab people. The issue here is whether Corey killed Crooks. And he didn't. Period.
Just because someone steals something at one time in their life, doesn't mean they are to be held responsible for every theft that takes place close to them from then on, that's why many judges refuse to allow past crimes to be admitted into evidence at trials; the past doesn't prove the present, but knowledge of it can taint judgement, as it has in this case. Corey did stab one man at one time, and that's why it was so easy to stick the Crooks killing on him.
As for me. Sadly I HAVE had a great deal of experience with violence, including "brawls," and I know firsthand what it's like to be in the middle of that kind of melee. I have also travelled outside this country. But this isn't about me, and even if I hadn't had those experiences it has no bearing on the relative truth of my argument.
I really don't care if you hate black people, or rap music, or whatever ignorant foolishness is floating around in that right-wing head of yours Luthor. All I'm concerned about here is whether or not our criminal justice system is doing the job it has been set up to do. Putting Corey away for this crime is a clear miscarriage of justice and everyone knows it. Whether or not he was a criminal beforehand is irrelevent. His parenting skills are none of your concern. No one should lose their freedom unjustly. The fact that he may have plead guilty, or stabbed someone years before the incident, or stole a dead man's wallet, only clouds the core issue; that he was wrongly accused, and that law inforcement were willfully blind to the identy of the true murderer.
Corey may not deserve a medal, but he didn't deserve what he got.
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Great spot for collectibles, but it loses two stars from me over poor customer service. One of the guys that works there (the owner I think) acts like I am wasting his time by bringing him my business every time I call or stop in.
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