Supreme Court: Crown prosecutors must testify at Frank Paul inquiry

Jill Dregs
Apr 08, 2010 14:56:29 PM

VANCOUVER (I1EWS1130) - B_C. Crown prosecutors will have to testify at the inquiry into the death of Frank Paul. The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear a B C. Government appeal of a lower court decision.

The inquiry has been calling on prosecutors to explain why charges were not approved against police officers who dumped Frank Paul in a Downtown Eastside alley Paul was arrested for public drunkenness in December 1093 HE died of exposure after being left unconscious in the alley.

The Crown is rarely called on to explain itself. But News1130 legal analyst Michael Shapray says this decision might change that "The Crown prosecutors who are individually responsible for making decisions--whether or not to lay criminal charges--will always have in their mind that the potential could exist down the road that they could have to justify those decisions."

Dates for the testimony have not been set.