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July 7, 2011

Lawrence Manzer goes on trial one week from today

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Lawrence Manzer goes on trial one week from today in a case that should never be before the court at all.  The only reason it is appears to be the local RCMP’s hatred of someone doing their job and Crown Prosecutor Paul Hawkins‘ hatred for a decent man doing the right thing when the RCMP won’t.

Hawkins certainly doesn’t seem to have a problem with actual violent criminals or dangers to society being set free; something he does on a regular basis, according to news reports I was able to find recently.  He’s sure got it in for Lawrence Manzer though, that much is clear.

One week from today the trial will go ahead at:

Burton Court House
23 Route 102 Highway
River Road, Burton NB
(Mailing address): P.O. Box 94
Oromocto, NB
E2V 2G4

If you live in the Oromocto area, I would urge you to show up on Friday, July 14th to support one of our military veterans as he faces injustice right here in Canada.

In an email he sent me earlier today, Lawrence Manzer said:

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June 22, 2011

What does New Brunswick Crown Attorney Paul Hawkins have against convicting criminals?

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Paul Hawkins is a Crown Prosecutor in New Brunswick.  He’s the man bringing charges against Lawrence Manzer for the “crime”  of standing on his front porch with his unloaded shotgun while he watched his neighbour, Brian Fox, apprehend one of the drunken little jerks that had been vandalizing their neighbourhood for months.

Originally Hawkins charged Brian Fox with assault, but he eventually dropped that charge.

What is fascinating to watch from a distance is Hawkins’ record when it comes to actual criminals like 18-year-old Wayne Heighton,  who burned down Royal Canadian Legion #93 just for kicks.  Instead of proceeding with arson charges against Heighton, Paul Hawkins dropped the arson charge in favour of a misdemeanor “mischief” charge.

Yeah, that ought to teach the Wayne a lesson or two…

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April 24, 2011

Are the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors completely out of touch?

I seriously have to ask the question: Are New Brunswick’s Crown Prosecutors completely out of touch?

I feel compelled to ask this question after hearing about another bizarre decision they’ve made.   The latest case is of 18-year-old Wayne Heighton of Oromocto, New Brunswick.  That’s just down the road from Burton, New Brunswick’s Lawrence Manzer, the man that Crown Prosecutors are charging with “weapon dangerous” for having his unloaded shotgun on his front porch.

If you’re not familiar with that case, check out Katey Montague’s video on the Lawrence Manzer case.  You’ll be horrified and disgusted at the way he’s being railroaded by a so-called justice system bent on rewarding criminals and punishing the good citizens of our country.

But, as usual, I digress…

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April 15, 2011

RCMP member loses his service pistol and doesn’t even know it?

Seriously?

How the heck can you drop your service pistol on the bathroom floor and not even know it?  That’s the question of the hour today as Nova Scotia RCMP try and figure out why a civilian was the one turning in an RCMP standard issue Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol.

Shall I list the charges that any “mere citizen” would face if they dropped their loaded pistol in a public washroom for someone else to find?

Naw… why bother.  We’ll probably never even learn the name of the RCMP member who was so incredibly stupid he deserves to be bounced from the force.

But what we WILL see is Lawrence Manzer’s trial later this year for “weapon dangerous” charges for the “crime” of standing on his doorstep with an unloaded shotgun.

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April 1, 2011

RCMP wants to make New Brunswick Safer? Stop abusing law-abiding citizens!

Assistant RCMP Commissioner Wayne Lang, the man in charge of the RCMP in New Brunswick, was interviewed by the Daily Gleaner a couple of weeks ago.  He spouted the usual rhetoric… and made a surprising statement in light of the Lawrence Manzer case.

Lang said his crime reduction goals can only be achieved through a partnership with the public,

“The only way we are going to do that is if people chip in,” Lang said. “The RCMP (alone) is not going to make New Brunswick the safest province.”

First, I applaud Lang’s decision that working with us mere citizens is actually in the best interests of us both.  Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing might not be dead after all.  There is hope!

 

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March 31, 2011

Shoot a man, get RELEASED from prison??? Only in Canada

Only in Canada can this kind of stupidity go on.  Our so-called “justice” system is so completely broken that only here would we let someone OUT of prison for the crime of shooting another human being.

Curtis Andrew Furlotte has been sitting in jail since he was arrested last December for shooting someone.   Last week at his sentencing hearing, the judge RELEASED him from jail.

For the crime of shooting someone with a handgun Curtis Furlotte was sentenced by provincial court judge Henrik Tonning to time served, plus a 12-month conditional sentence and probation.

On December 12th , while he was ALREADY on probation for other offences, he shot a 32-year-old man in the leg.  The wound was not life-threatening I must assume, given it took the shooting victim three days to report it to the RCMP.

What shocks me about this case is this:

It shows with stark clarity how seriously our so-called justice system takes the crime of attempted murder.  In two words… Not Very.

This case happened just down the road from Burton New Brunswick resident Lawrence Manzer, who, if you’ve followed my ramblings for any time at all, you’ll know was charged with “weapon dangerous to the public peace” after he and neighbour Brian Fox apprehended three drunken punks who’d been vandalizing and stealing from their neighbourhood for over 6 months.

Actually it was Fox who did the apprehending… Manzer never left his front porch, where he stood with his unloaded shotgun, making sure everything was under control while he had his wife dial 9-1-1.  Again..

Throughout the entire 6 months these teenagers were harassing the neighbourhood the RCMP couldn’t be bothered to show up and deal with them.  It wasn’t until Fox and Manzer had done the job the RCMP refused to do that charges were laid.

But not against the drunken kids causing all the trouble… but against Fox and Manzer.

Brian Fox was charged with assault for the “crime” of citizen’s arrest.  Manzer was charged with “pointing a firearm” despite the fact he never pointed it at anyone.  That charge was later dropped in favour of the one he now faces… “weapon dangerous”.

Now, given how seriously New Brunswick’s judiciary takes the actual shooting of someone… my sincere hope is that Manzer is sentenced to “go home”.  After all, he didn’t do anything illegal.  He stood outside his front door with an unloaded shotgun.  He didn’t point it at anyone and he didn’t threaten anyone with the unloaded hunk of metal.

Now, I realize I’m probably living in a dream world, thinking that Manzer will get off scott free on these charges, like he should.

My reason for thinking I’m living in la-la land is that Ontario resident Ian Thomson is currently facing charges for daring to save his own life from three arsonists who literally tried to kill him by burning his house down with Mr. Thomson inside it.

Thomson, a firearms instructor, grabbed one of his firearms from his safe and fired a few shots to scare the attempted murderers away.

It worked.  They ran away like the little cowards they are.

Then the police came.  Instead of arresting the perpetrators and charging them with attempted murder, it’s Ian Thomson who faces charges.

It’s ridiculous.  Utterly ridiculous.

Neither of these cases should EVER have made it to a courtroom.

What SHOULD have happened is both men should have been thanked by the RCMP for doing what needed to be done to stop crimes in progress.

But this is Canada, and the RCMP, like any gang worth it’s thug label, doesn’t like competition.

So they arrest and charge the victims of crime.

Did I say ridiculous?

I mean disgusting.

 

END NOTE:

Yes, there are some very good RCMP constables out there.  I’ve met and worked with some of them.

But there are, it seems, a lot more who act like thugs in a street gang and put down any threat to their “turf”, like Manzer and Thomson.  They’re the ones who need to be removed, and replaced with RCMP members who comprehend that they are here to serve the public, not abuse us at every turn.

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March 23, 2011

Lawrence Manzer Radio Interview on CBC Halifax

Lawrence Manzer, as anyone who’s been following my blog for a while will know,  is the man currently facing charges of “weapon dangerous to the public peace” in Burton, New Brunswick.  His crime?  Stepping onto his porch with an unloaded shotgun to make sure his neighbour was safe.

Manzer’s neighbour Brian Fox was charged with assault for restraining three drunk teenagers who were trespassing and vandalizing his property.  Those charges were later dropped.

He faces a maximum of a $5,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail for daring to protect himself, his family and his neighbours.

This is, to be blunt, utterly absurd.  The three teenagers involved had been vandalizing and stealing from the neighbourhood for 6 months, yet the RCMP was not interested in showing up.  Not until Manzer’s wife dialed 9-1-1 and said they had the young perpetrators in custody.

THEN the RCMP showed up, drove the young offenders home, and came back a week later to charge Fox with assault and Manzer with “weapon dangerous”.

They should have pinned medals on both of them for their amazing community service.

Instead, Manzer will be on trial later this year and will likely, given the stupidity of our [alleged] justice system, be serving some time in the Big House come summer.

 

On March 14th Laurie Manzer was interviewed on CBC Radio 1 Halifax about his case.  Listen to that interview here:

Right-click and select Save-As to Download MP3 of Laurie’s CBC Radio Interview

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