Dear Radical Reader,
Jim Townsend is still being held in the North Fraser Pretrial Center down on the lower mainland.
Lawyer Doug Christie is working on Jim’s case and is doing all he can to get Jim out on bail. In Doug’s first attempt to reason with those who are hell-bent on keeping Jim imprisoned he wrote a letter on April 2nd, 2012 to Mike Wong, Kamloops Crown Counsel. According to Jim, Wong has been less than impartial in his treatment of Jim’s case. In his letter Mr. Christie writes:
“I visited Mr. Townsend on Saturday the 31st of March at the North Fraser detention centre in Coquitlam. As you may know, he is a disabled individual who suffered serious injuries in a tractor accident, the injuries he described in his allegedly offending letters. It may, of course, be known to you that the alleged threats and defamation and alleged illegal speech was communicated in two complaints, one to his disability worker and one to the RCMP complaints commission.
In addition, I believe on February 16 he was incarcerated due to breach of his bail conditions in that he posted an item on YouTube proclaiming his suffering as a result of being cut off his disability pension.
I am writing to you in view of the fact that Mr. Townsend has been in custody since February 16, a period of 46 days. Posting an item on YouTube which was in breach of a bail condition would in all likelihood result in a sentence far less than the time he has already served. He is well-aware that he must abide strictly by all bail conditions and will do so in future in view of the experience in the last period of incarceration.
I am therefore asking if you would be reasonable enough to consent to his release at this time on the same conditions as previous. I can, of course, commence an action in Supreme Court to review the bail, which will take a considerable amount of time, effort, and expenditure, but I would respectfully suggest to you that the period of incarceration so far indicated above is certainly sufficient to bring home to him, and indeed to punish him if need be, for the alleged breach of his bail condition. I would ask you therefore to give me an indication of whether you would be willing to consent to have the matter of bail revisited in the Provincial Court, and reinstituted according to its existing terms.
I have, of course, numerous commitments that prevent me from dealing with these matters on the dates that have been set, and will be needing adjournments, which would result in further incarceration unless bail can be reestablished, so I am hopeful that you will be reasonable in this regard.
Douglas H. Christie”
Apparently Mr. Christie’s letter failed to move Wong to do what’s right (free Jim) and so now Doug is arranging to get Jim’s transcripts and will be taking the case to the Supreme Court to have a bail review and get bail established and Jim out of prison.
In an email I received from Mr. Christie today he told RadicalPress that he appeared via telephone before Judge Burdette in Vernon to confirm the trial date of May 17th in the case of Jim’s alleged breach of recognizance (court file no.: 46776-4-A). Mr. Christie is currently out in Ontario handling another case and was unable to be there in person.
So while these efforts are taking place we will continue to try and publicize Jim’s case further and further afield so more Canadians become aware of this travesty of so-called “justice” that is trying to pass itself off on the public as lawful and dignified.
Everyone can help in one way or another. Sending Elijah’s video to friends and media and writing letters to government officials, editors of the msm, etc. all help to raise awareness.
Jim of course would like to hear from you while he is being held prisoner and also if you can spare a buck or two so he can buy stationary, calling cards, stamps, etc. that also helps tremendously. Please, if you are going to send Jim funds do so by sending a Canadian Postal Money Order to “Jim Townsend” and also register your letter if you can. He can be reached at the following address:
Jim Towsend c/o
Ministry of Justice
North Fraser Pretrial Center
1451 Kingsway Avenue
Port Coquitlam, B.C.
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