Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Betty Krawczyk Case
We started this segment with a clip from a scene in May of 2006 at Eagleridge Bluffs in West Vancouver. Despite a court injunction, a group of demonstrators had gathered to protest plans to cut the trees there. That action landed Betty Krawczyk, a 10-month jail sentence.
Today, the 82-year-old activist will be in court again to appeal that sentence even though she's already served it. Betty Krawczyk is a bit of a name in BC. She was in Vancouver.
The Crown declined our invitation to speak on the program. But in a written statement the Crown says that it is -- not seeking any increase in the sentence which was imposed upon Ms Krawczyk.
As for the case law cited in its documents to the court ... quote, the Crown is not drawing any factual analogy to cases involving pedophiles. In a sentencing proceeding it always assists the Court in determining an appropriate sentence if previous cases with similar facts are available for reference, but relevant legal principles may also often be found in cases involving dissimilar facts.
Betty Krawczyk Case - Michael KleinSo Betty Krawczyk wants a different kind of day in court ... so she can plead her case in front of a jury of her peers. But Michael Klein doesn't think her request is that simple. He's a lawyer who specializes in criminal defense. He was in Vancouver.