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Update Filter: All charges dropped against former Ontario A-G Michael Bryant. [Previously]
posted by mazola to MetaFilter-Related at 10:26 AM (23 comments total)

If you want to get away with crushing a cyclist underneath your car, this will be textbook material for how it gets done. Buy a high-priced PR firm to run a smear campaign against your victim, call in favors from your friends in government, cry tearfully to the press about how you were really the victim. So it goes.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:35 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Another ultra-rich executive gets off free from a hit-and-run. Reminds me of the opening scene to Michael Clayton.
posted by shii at 10:38 AM on May 25, 2010


Looks like the prosecutor did the right thing, in spite of plenty of people calling for Bryant's head largely because he happened to be driving a car at the time. I hope he gets his old job back as the head of Invest Toronto.
posted by Dasein at 10:39 AM on May 25, 2010


Why the charges were dropped.
posted by mazola at 10:39 AM on May 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is terribly disappointing. Not that I'm surprised.

Although I wouldn't really call him an "ultra-rich executive".
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:41 AM on May 25, 2010


Hit and run? None of the summaries describe that.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:42 AM on May 25, 2010


largely because he happened to be driving a car at the time

In light of the above comments, I will revise my statement to: largely because he had some money (though he is neither rich nor a business executive) and was a high-profile politician who was driving a car.

The vitriol that this generated makes me think that there's a large crowd of people who would have judged his guilt or innocence by whether he weighed the same as a duck.
posted by Dasein at 10:43 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


From mazola's link: Sheppard’s blood alcohol level was measured after his death at 1.83 – more than twice the legal limit for driving.

That certainly would be more than twice the legal limit. Nonetheless, I think it's an error.
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:43 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


“Mr. Sheppard threw his backpack, which struck either the hood or windshield and bounced onto Bloor Street,” Peck said. “Mr. Sheppard then jumped onto the vehicle as it drove away.”

After Sheppard “latched onto the vehicle,” it veered left and continued west in the oncoming eastbound lane. Expert analysis conducted by Crown and defence investigators determined the car was travelling in the range of 34 kilometers an hour.


Cripes!
posted by a young man in spats at 10:46 AM on May 25, 2010


The law is clear. If you're driving a car, and a drunk bicyclist with a history of altercations with motorists is killed when he latches onto your car like a lamprey, you're guilty.
posted by mattdidthat at 10:48 AM on May 25, 2010 [2 favorites]


Hit and run? None of the summaries describe that.

Huh? All of the summaries describe that. He hit the cyclist lightly, tried to run, cyclist pursued, grabbed the car, and was killed. That doesn't change that it started out as a hit and run.
posted by enn at 10:48 AM on May 25, 2010


Not to excuse anything, but damn if it isn't stupid to try to stop a moving car like that. Take the license plate number instead.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:51 AM on May 25, 2010


Why is this in metatalk? Have we not repeatedly discussed that, if an update to a closed newsfilter post is newsworthy, it goes on the blue, and if it's not, it goes on YOFB?
posted by Nothing... and like it at 10:52 AM on May 25, 2010 [3 favorites]


Looks like two assholes met up, the rich one won.
posted by QIbHom at 10:52 AM on May 25, 2010 [7 favorites]


Have we not repeatedly discussed that, if an update to a closed newsfilter post is newsworthy, it goes on the blue, and if it's not, it goes on YOFB?

You mean, you're surprised that not everyone is aware of a recent policy change?
posted by smackfu at 10:53 AM on May 25, 2010


I really didn't know what was appropriate. Sorry!
posted by mazola at 10:54 AM on May 25, 2010


Don't apologize, you did nothing wrong here.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:55 AM on May 25, 2010


Do I post to the blue and have this deleted? Halp! (don't make me post in AskMe, too!)
posted by mazola at 10:55 AM on May 25, 2010


I read this news this morning and I was sad and disappointed (but not surprised). It's an awful ending to an incredibly awful incident.
posted by kate blank at 11:06 AM on May 25, 2010


Do I post to the blue and have this deleted? Halp! (don't make me post in AskMe, too!)

I don't think it will be deleted but it might not go well at all. It's like a recipe for a flame-out thread.
posted by smackfu at 11:15 AM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


As they neared the intersection of Bloor and Yonge Sts., Bryant saw someone throwing objects onto the roadway attempting to impede traffic, Peck said. He was later identified as Sheppard.

What was up with this part? Was he really standing around drunkenly throwing stuff at traffic? Not a good fact for the prosecution.
posted by Mid at 11:18 AM on May 25, 2010


Do I post to the blue and have this deleted?

I'll post it, if you want.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:21 AM on May 25, 2010


Honestly, it feels to me like a situation where enough people were involved in the original thread that I can see people appreciating an update, but an actual thread about it (either here or on the blue) seems more like an invitation for another argument without there being a whole lot of new substance, so I think we'll just close this off here.
posted by cortex (staff) at 11:24 AM on May 25, 2010


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