…….from “Taking the field”, December 3, 2018
Brennan Guigue’s lawsuit against the government was scheduled for March 12 to set a date to begin hearing evidence. But, “moving forward” in court includes accommodating unforeseen delays, setbacks from either side. The latest postponement is on Guigue and his lawyers.
The forensic toxicology report from our U.S. pepper spray expert is dated January 25 but it wasn’t until the end of the first week of March that the Montreal lawyer representing Brennan Guigue’s attorneys, Kalman Samuels, was able to pass it on to him for review.
Given the expected questions Brennan and his lawyers would have for the expert about the case review, Montreal also filed an Application with the court to extend the delay for setting down for trial and judgement, requesting an additional 3 months to ready the file.
Brennan had two questions for the consultant in New York, his lawyers had two as well, and these were emailed to the States on March 22. A discussion between lawyer and expert followed within five days, the questions were answered, and the report was filed in the court record by the end of the month.
This report will not be reproduced here, in whole or in part. Let’s only note that the expense was worthwhile and the results are useful.
The court granted the requested extension. The new inscription date is June 12.
Worth repeating: –
Brennan Guigue is far from the first inmate in our federal prisons to experience a pepper spray attack. He survived. Others haven’t. Government lawyers and taxpayer money ensures silence. And in Brennan’s case, all the guards involved are still employed by CSC….except the videographer who voluntarily left the Service.