On top of that, we the taxpayers have been ordered "to pay each $2,000 toward their legal costs because their constitutional rights were violated." Talk about adding insult to injury!
Members of Ontario's opposition parties were outraged by Tuesday's developments, saying taxpayers dollars are being wasted by the government's "disorganized justice."
"We're now at risk of having charges dropped and mark my words, this failure on the part of the attorney general to properly manage this process is going to result in plea bargains, reduced charges and charges being dropped and criminals being let out onto the street," said New Democrat justice critic Peter Kormos.
Progressive Conservative justice critic Christine Elliott said the ruling is a "real embarrassment" for the province.
"I would say it's totally inept from beginning to end in terms of the attorney general's handling of this. I mean this is something that had gone on for 11 months," she said.
"(Attorney General Michael Bryant) was confident that there would be enough court resources on-hand to handle it and everything fell apart at the last minute."
Not only must the police be frustrated, but I imagine there are a few folks in the Jane-Finch area who are very concerned that perhaps it wasn't the wisest thing in the world to be forthcoming with information during the investigation.
And they wonder why there is a code of silence...
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And by the way, what is the point of even stricter handgun laws and tougher sentences if the court system can't handle the offenders???