TDF-funded lawyer successfully defends Pastor Artur Pawlowski in Calgary Court.
CALGARY: Pastor Artur Pawlowski was in court last week facing a charge of trespass, causing a disturbance and failure to wear a mask, arising from a visit to a Calgary-area post office. In December 2021, Pastor Pawlowski visited a local store to pick up a package from the post office. It was alleged by the Crown that, during this visit, Pastor Pawlowski engaged in an argumentative discussion with other patrons and a clerk. He was charged with causing a disturbance, trespass and failure to wear a mask contrary to the municipal bylaw.
Sarah Miller, on behalf of The Democracy Fund (TDF), defended Pastor Pawlowski against the charges. After hearing evidence presented by the Crown, and cross-examination from Ms. Miller, the Court found that there was reasonable doubt with respect to the causing a disturbance charge and found Pastor Pawlowski not guilty. The charges of trespass and failure to wear a mask were withdrawn by the Crown prior to trial.
Ms. Miller was pleased with the result: "This decision shows that we can have disagreements in public without facing criminal consequences."
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Founded in 2021, The Democracy Fund (TDF) is a Canadian charity dedicated to constitutional rights, advancing education and relieving poverty. TDF promotes constitutional rights through litigation and public education. TDF supports an access to justice initiative for Canadians whose civil liberties have been infringed by government lockdowns and other public policy responses to the pandemic.