Murder is Officially Legal in Canada: How a former Attorney General got away with killing a father of four

In an unusual move, Canadian prosecutors dropped against former Attorney General Michael Bryant.  The defendant Bryant who killed bicycle courier Darcy Allen Sheppard in a road rage incident is walking free before the trial even began[i].   

                                               Below is a picture of the victim, Darcy Sheppard. 

While driving in his convertible, former Attorney General Bryant got into an argument with Cyclist Darcy Sheppard.   During the fight, he hit cyclist Darcy Sheppard twice with his convertible.  Understandably angered, Darcy Sheppard grabbed onto Mr. Bryant`s convertible to confront him about it.  With Darcy Sheppard was still holding onto the car, Attorney General Bryant sped up and drove against oncoming traffic for half a minute.  Darcy Sheppard was killed and his killer, Attorney General Bryant, walks free without having to answer for his crimes[ii].  

The prosecutors decided to forsake the formalities of having a fair trial to judge Mr. Bryant’s guilt. . .  They decided instead to proclaim Mr. Bryant’s Innocence themselves[iii]

 The prosecutors tell us that a trial is unnecessary in this case because Darcy Sheppard was the aggressor in this case[iv].  Darcy Sheppard was riding his bike when Attorney General Bryant drove up and hit him with his car, not once but twice.   In what court of insanity does that make Darcy Sheppard the aggressor?

The prosecutors also point to evidence that Darcy Sheppard was an angry man.  Specifically there is photo, video, and eyewitness evidence that Darcy Sheppard had been an “angry man[v].”  This fails to consider the common sense fact that – anyone would be angry if you hit them over with your car twice.  It would be absurd to expect a calm response in such a situation. 

The prosecutors claim that Darcy Sheppard was a drunk and a drug addict[vi].  They presented no evidence of this.  Darcy Sheppard is the father of four children who worked as a bicycle courier to support his kids[vii]. He is sorely missed by his girlfriend, his kids, and his friends who all remember him fondly. 

In a last stab of callous disregard for human life, the  prosecutors presented Attorney General Bryant as the real victim in this case[viii].  They said Darcy Sheppard was attacked by Mr. Sheppard who was the first aggressor[ix]

To evaluate this claim let’s go through an eye witness account of what happened.  After being hit twice by Bryant’s car, Sheppard went around and grabbed onto the driver side to confront his attacker.   With Sheppard still hanging on, the car veered and mounted the curb hitting several trees and poles.  Finally he smashed against the road and his body bounced as Bryant’s car ran over him with its rear tires before sped away from the scene of the accident[x].  Who is the victim? 


[i] Former Attorney General in Canada is Cleared in Traffic Death, by Ian Austen for the  New York Times,

Article was published in the May 25, 2010 edition of the times and can be found on:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/world/americas/26canada.html

[ii] Event’s as reported by quote from prosecutors in:

Former Attorney General in Canada is Cleared in Traffic Death, by Ian Austen for the  New York Times,

Article was published in the May 25, 2010 edition of the times and can be found on:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/world/americas/26canada.html

and also,

Michael Bryant charged in Cyclist’s death, by Robyn Dolittle, Danielle Wong and Nicole Baute for the Toronto Star

Article was published on the September 2009 edition of the Star and can be found on:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/689220

 

[iii] This is taken from several sources but for convenience can be found on :

Former Attorney General in Canada is Cleared in Traffic Death, by Ian Austen for the  New York Times,

Article was published in the May 25, 2010 edition of the times and can be found on

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/world/americas/26canada.html

[iv] See Supra text accompanying note i.

[v] The source in particular is a CBC news coverage that aired in Toronto on Tuesday, May 25th at 6:00, the same info can also be found on the following National Post article:

Darcy Allan Sheppard taunted other drivers before Michael Bryant, by Shannon Kari for the National post

Article was published on the May 25, 2010 edition of the Post and can be found on:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/05/25/darcy-allan-sheppard-taunted-other-drivers-before-michael-bryant-photos/

[vi] Id. (appearing both on CBC and the National post)

[vii] A Plea for Justice, by Mark Bonokoski for the Toronto Sun.

Article was published on the September 27th, 2009 edition of the Sun. and can be found on:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/columnists/mark_bonokoski/2009/09/27/11143711-sun.html

[viii] See Supra text accompanying note i.

[ix] Id.  

[x] Michael Bryant charged in Cyclist’s death, by Robyn Dolittle, Danielle Wong and Nicole Baute for the Toronto Star

Article was published on the September 2009 edition of the Star and can be found on:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/689220

 

 

2 responses to “Murder is Officially Legal in Canada: How a former Attorney General got away with killing a father of four

  1. Roger Buffett

    OK – I don’t know Canadian Law; in the US a killer can “get off” in criminal court, but still be subject to a civil suit, where the standard of proof and other factors are quite different (e.g. O.J. Simpson). Four kids – where is their “next best friend?”

    • I heard the mother of his children my be planning a civil suit but I haven’t heard anything more. What bothers me is that this is different from OJ, we have the whole thing on video tape and we have several witnesses who saw the whole thing and said they thought it was an intentional killing – how did they conclude there was not enough evidence to go to trial?

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