Politics - and journalism - make strange bedfellows. All charges against Ontario's former Attorney-General Michael Bryant over the fatal altercation between cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard and Bryant's car in Yorkville last summer have been dropped. For details on the case and why the charges were dropped, visit this link. Given that Bryant shepherded O.P.P. Commissioner Julian Fantino's odious '50-over' street racing law into effect - that's the one which turns 62-year old Grandmas into criminals yet does nothing whatsoever to stop street racing in our province - you wouldn't think I'd have much sympathy for Mr. Bryant. Certainly, the biking community - with which I seem to be having some issues despite the fact that we all want bikeys to be safer on our streets; we just don't agree on how to make that happen - is already smelling a rat, figuring Bryant's connections helped pave the way for this dismissal. This despite extraordinary precautions having been taken to ensure fairness, and the appearance of fairness, including bringing a prosecutor in from British Columbia to handle the case. But from the agreed-upon facts of the case, who among us might not have panicked, if following what by all accounts was a lovely 12th wedding anniversary celebration with our partner, we had been accosted by an agitated and inebriated young man while driving through Yorkville in our convertible with the top down on a lovely summer's night? Just as Sheppard's recent record of conflicts involving other motorists, his unusual - not to say scary - appearance, and an (alleged) domestic incident earlier that evening at his girlfriend's residence which involved a police call, should not and were not deemed to be relevant to the issue at hand, neither were Bryant's former occupation, his passing of this horrible law - nor the fact that he was driving an expensive car - relevant. It was, as Bryant says, a "tragedy". What is relevant to the current aforementioned discussion about bikes and cars: if a bikey picks a fight with a car, he's gonna lose, every time.