TDF hired lawyer Martin Rejman from Williamson Law gets charges stayed for clients who took part in Coutts border blockade.
Calgary: The Democracy Fund (TDF) achieved a successful outcome for clients Luke Bert and Johnson Law who were charged with mischief over $5,000 and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose at the Coutts border blockade.
Bert and Law, who were represented by TDF hired lawyers Martin Rejman and Sean Mihalcheon from Williamson Law, and Yoav Niv from Niv Law, had charges pressed against them when the police executed a search warrant in a house and two trailers in Coutts on February 14, 2022, where RCMP found rifles, handguns, body armour and ammunition.
The charges were stayed in court on July 25, 2022, and there was no evidence to connect either Bert or Law to the weapons found by police. In fact, Bert and Law had no knowledge of the items found, nor were they connected in any manner to the other individuals arrested.
“We feel this is a just outcome given that there was not a single piece of evidence to pursue and substantiate the charges against our clients. These charges were wholly unwarranted against our clients,” said Rejman.
The Coutts border blockade in southern Alberta began on January 29, 2022, and ended peacefully on February 15, 2022, and was organized to protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and public health restrictions.
“Unjust and unsubstantiated criminal charges do not serve our justice system, waste valuable judicial and prosecutorial resources, and give rise to distrust by the public,” said Rejman. “Justice was finally served for our clients."
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About The Democracy Fund:
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.