Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Day 3 - Final arguments

The day began with BC lawyer Craig Jones continuing his final argument before Judge Bauman. 

He finished by quoting from the testimony of Truman Oler, the "lost boy" from Bountiful who managed to make a life for himself outside that community, and who is now happily married with three young children. Truman's words, as he expressed his awakening to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, brought tears to my eyes when I first heard them several weeks ago in Courtroom #55 in Vancouver.   They brought tears to my eyes again today.

Once again, the CBC live stream made it possible for those of us who live hundreds of miles away to hear everything that was said.   

Today the Globe & Mail published the James Keller piece below:

A B.C. government lawyer says polygamy isn't illegal because it's a religious practice — but he says religion certainly makes it worse.

The B.C. Supreme Court is examining whether Canada's law against polygamy is constitutional, and the provincial and federal governments are arguing in closing submissions that the practice is inherently harmful and the law should be upheld.

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