Trina Briand McCalla 
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Re: “Similar sentences for similar offenders

Being Black means nothing
I read a statement online where a person named Guy stated in relation to the Lyle Howe matter that: “it means nothing that Mr. Howe is Black”. There was a response to this statement and I quoted the statement below. It’s kinda interesting.
“This is a scary sentiment and speaks to exactly what Black Nova Scotian’s are afraid of in terms of attitudes of some (emphasis on some) Nova Scotians. “Being black means absolutely nothing”. That’s why he didn’t have a single Black Nova Scotian on his jury panel (out of 200 people). About 3% of the population in NS is Black so if it was a random selection there should have been 6 Black Nova Scotian’s out of 200 and there were zero. That’s because as Guy says “Being black means absolutely nothing”. It means nothing in terms of getting a “jury of your peers” and it “means nothing” that there has never been a Black Nova Scotia judge at our Supreme Court, nor at the federal level. And it means nothing that Mr. Howe was really the first high profile Black defense attorney in Nova Scotia and his career is taken away. All of this “means nothing” to some (again emphasis on some) Nova Scotian’s. Which is why to this jury, his account of what happened “means nothing”. Also the fact that she had the same amount of alcohol as he did “means nothing” (and she outweighed him by 50 lbs and was a more seasoned drinker). The fact that there were no drugs in her system “means nothing’. The video of her walking in the house during a period of time that she claims to “be fuzzy” despite seeming to have all of her faculties “means nothing”. The fact that she did the exact same thing as him (i.e. had sex with a person that had a few drinks) “Means nothing”. She is a victim and he deserves to go to jail despite the fact that they did the EXACT same thing. And the scary thing is that some people like Guy state that this “means nothing”.”

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Posted by Trina Briand McCalla on 08/20/2014 at 9:15 AM

Re: “The colour of justice

Oh... Cuja, not even the crown suggests that she said no. Neither does the alleged victim, just that she had 3-4 drinks over four hours and couldn't consent if she wanted to. Despite the fact that Lyle had more to drink than she did, but she's the victim???

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Posted by Trina Briand McCalla on 07/27/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “The colour of justice

Maybe they're upset because out of the 200 + person jury pool there were zero black women and zero African Canadians. There has never been a black supreme court judge in nova scotia's history and Lyle was the only black lawyer that does criminal defense. This is in a province that has a large and longstanding black community.

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Posted by Trina Briand McCalla on 07/27/2014 at 7:39 PM

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