ORDINARY PEOPLE who have not been exposed to, or who have not studied the dynamics of corruption, do not appreciate how easy it is for dishonest people to pervert justice through tactics like "explaining away" legitimate evidence, or lending credibility to illegitimate evidence. citizens who generally rely upon the police and the justice system to tell them who is corrupt and who is not, are unsuspecting targets that are easily manipulated by judges or prosecutors of dubious integrity or impartiality. Perhaps D.H. Lawrence, a master at identifying the supremacy of instinct and emotion over reason in human relationships, put it as bluntly and as unkindly as possible when he said;

The public, which is feebleminded like an idiot, will never be able to preserve its individual reactions from the tricks of the exploiter. The public is always exploited and always will be exploited. ...Why? Because the public has not enough wit to distinguish between mob-meanings and individual-meanings. The mass is forever vulgar, because it can't distinguish between its own original feelings and feelings which are diddled into existence by the exploiter.

And so, it is important to carefully examine the feelings "diddled into existence" by prosecutor Leo McGuigan who brilliantly exploited common ignorance about corruption, and shamelessly downgraded the fact that the Morin case has all the earmarks of a fraudulently secured prosecution. According to the party line that McGuigan towed, it is not realistic to believe a defence which has "besmirched the integrity of dozens of police, forensic scientists and well- intentioned civilians.9 Like George Reynolds, the discredited Police sergeant who had told alleged criminal Neil Proverbs, "that a citizen's word against that of a police officer has no chance", McGuigan essentially told the jury that the prosecution is always right.10 In other words, Leo McGuigan besmirched the integrity of Guy Paul Morin, not through a reasonable analysis of evidence or through proof of guilt, but because, in his infinite wisdom, he always operates on the premise that the prosecution is always correct and always unchallengeable, no matter what. Despite the nonsensical assertions that McGuigan has evidently embraced however, as long as evidence of guilt is misleading, is frivolous or has been fraudulently manufactured, Morin is not guilty.

Clearly, any objective observer who looks beyond the unfounded suspicion, the frenzy and the bias which surrounds the conviction of Morin, cannot avoid the conclusion that the verdict reflects a judicial perversion. When the most unimpeachable, credible witness throughout the entire "comedy of errors" legal fiasco of a prosecution, is the integrity of Guy Paul Morin, the proper administration of justice has undeniably failed to work. Popular frenzy, manipulated by frustrated people who go to any length to justify frivolous opinion, may recruit and exploit the prejudices of every so-called concerned citizen, but that is all it may do. It cannot determine justice or reason or objectivity. Anyone can surround himself or herself with a gathering of narrow-minded "village idiots" who matter-of-factly ignore every challenging assessment, but this alliance, that McGuigan asserts as the paragon of integrity, is actually nothing more than a rumour-mongering mob that facilitate perversions of justice. Indeed, if one exploits the prejudices of so-called concerned citizens, one can promote theories as bizarre and as unfounded as the claim 'Elvis lives' and produce a jury that ultimately accepts the fraud. The indisputable capacity to manipulate and to pervert truth and justice is neither a myth nor a conspiracy theory, and it is about time to acknowledge the fact. If we continue to ignore or to grossly underestimate the influence of corruption, we will ultimately be subject to legal perversions rather than to the rule of law.  

9Globe and Mail, 31/7/92, p. A 8.
10The Toronto Star, 16/11/82, p.A 1.






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