Extreme Bias

It is not possible to read A lawyer's story: the perjury charge and Sgt Michalowsky and to avoid the conclusion that Sergeant Michalowsky is guilty of both perjury and of obstructing justice.51 And once again, the evidence points to a single direction; it is not Morin, but his accusers, who more appropriately deserve to be in jail. What a travesty! And indeed, justice is evidently as elusive as Clayton Ruby claims it is, in his exposition about how Michalowsky managed to evade criminal prosecution, -all at the expense of Guy Paul Morin. Because when Michalowsky testified at Morin's second trial, he was presented, not as a convicted perjurer, as he could have been in the absence of wily defence tactics, but as a "war hero" who got the "red carpet" treatment. Indeed, during Morin's criminal trial, after criminal charges against Sergeant Michalowsky were forever stayed because he was allegedly too sick to testify without risking a heart attack, the entire courtroom was modified to accommodate the perception that there was absolutely no link between the trial of Guy Paul Morin and the criminal charges brought against Michalowsky. The judge did everything he possibly could, through gesture and demeanour, to make it perfectly clear that Guy Paul Morin was the only potential criminal in his courtroom. He even relaxed the practice of wearing judicial robes in court and wore a turtleneck sweater instead. As soon as Michalowsky walked in, he extended him a warm handshake, "something that judges do not do to witnesses."52 The jurors joined the informal judge and defence counsel in a semi-circle in the courtroom to hear Sergeant Michalowsky, a man who had evidently been granted a license to commit perjury without the fear of reproof, give evidence in an atmosphere which was more akin to a group therapy session, than to a serious trial. Clayton Ruby appropriately sighed; "Ah, justice. Elusive isn't it?"

27The Globe and Mail, 31/7/92, p. A 7.
28The Globe and Mail, 31/7/92, p. A 7.






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