This is a brief report to bring everybody up-to-date with events after
the first week of the trial.
Jury selection was completed on the first day (Tuesday, Nov 13), and the
crown then began presenting their witnesses. Ten men and two women make
up the jury. Many potential jurors excused themselves because of their
support for the position taken by the Montagues against the firearms act.
The first and only civilian witness to take the stand for the crown
provided evidence that tends to support the defense. He is a neighbour
of the Montagues, and testified before the court to their good
reputation for honesty and reliability as neighbours in the district.
Although he said he is a hunter and that he uses firearms to protect
against wild animals, he has a license to possess firearms and that
appears to be the value of his testimony to the crown's case.
Mr. Christie has been aggressively cross-examining the evidence
presented by police witnesses, demonstrating problems with their
testimony and the alleged evidence.
The trial is expected to last another two weeks, with the crown
finishing their presentation by Wednesday or Thursday (Nov 21, 22).
News Paper articles for Week One are linked here:
Nov16: Montague case continues in court
Nov14: Jury selected, Montague trial proceeding
Bruce and Donna have been working around the clock on the defense for
about four weeks now. While this has been personally exhausting, a
great deal of progress has been made.
The Montagues are very pleased with the effective working relationship
they have with Mr. Christie who shows a tireless passion for the cause.
Your continued prayers are valued.
Yours in Liberty,
for the Case Management Team
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