Read the whole sorry story on how he failed to not only get redacted (with names blacked out to protect the complainant and witnesses) transcripts of the Fernando Manuel Alves' get-out-of-jail-free card, but also couldn't learn the specific reasons why his requests did not satisfy the mysterious criteria needed to obtain them.
Here's the latest exchange:
Dear Judge Rideout:
I am in receipt of a communication from your office dated September 15 with respect to my request for the release of the Reasons for Judgement in R. v. Fernando Manuel Alves.
It is suggested that I state a "bona fide" reason for my request. In case I was too allusive in my first communication, I am concerned about the public perception of the extremely light, non-custodial sentence handed down in this case. That sentence does not, given the facts that are already public, appear to be commensurate with the brutal assault to which the defendant pleaded guilty. Public confidence in the administration of justice can be eroded by such perceptions.
Accordingly, I would like to write an article that provides the other side, if you will. As indicated earlier, I would be satisfied with a transcript that redacted names and identifying information of the complainant and any witnesses.
I regret having not been clearer in my first letter, and look forward to your positive response to this one.
This morning I received this:Dear Sirs [sic]:
RE: R. v. Fernando Manuel Alves
Thank you for your correspondence of recent date. I have been advised by the Honourable Judge G. Rideout that a transcript of Reasons for Sentence for your stated reason do not meet appropriate criteria to release the transcript even with deletions of names.
So there we must leave it. Obviously I was attempting to accommodate myself to the requirements of the Criminal Code provision by expressing my willingness to accept a redacted transcript. No dice.
Instead, with the lordly presumption that too many unelected judges assume once they are elevated to the bench, I was told, second-hand, to get lost.
So, once more, as a public service and for all the ladies in B.C., Alves' mug. Memorize it.