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Tamara Lich arrives in court to request new bail terms.

Tamara Lich arrives in court to ask for new bail terms.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration leaders will have to surmount a legal hurdle before requesting changes to her release restrictions.
  • In court, the Crown argued that the law precludes a Superior Court judge from reviewing the decision of another Superior Court judge.
  • Lich was arrested on Feb. 17, a day before a large police operation to disperse the three-week-long protesters who had occupied downtown Ottawa streets.

Before she can request adjustments to her bail conditions, one of the ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration leaders will have to overcome a legal obstacle.

Tamara Lich, the organizer of a GoFundMe campaign that generated more than $10 million in support of the convoy, was freed from prison last month with tight social media restrictions.

She emerged in court on Wednesday, where her lawyer and a Crown attorney debated whether a Superior Court judge can review a bail decision made by some other Superior Court judge or, rather, it must be appealed to a higher court.

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Lawrence Greenspon, Lich’s lawyer, told CTV News, “We want to be able to argue in front of the Superior Court of Justice that there was an error of law made at the time those terms were imposed.”

The Crown contended in court that the law prohibits a Superior Court judge from reviewing another Superior Court judge’s judgment.

Greenspon was not convinced.

“It’s the kind of case going on in the courts for more than 30 years,” he explained. “And the Crown’s alternative, which is to file an application for leave with the Supreme Court of Canada, is entirely impracticable and would pose a significant impediment for the vast majority of people released on bail.”

A deadline for a decision has yet to be set. Justice Julianne Parfett stated that she would issue her ruling as soon as possible.

Tamara Lich arrives in court to ask for new bail terms.
Tamara Lich arrives in court to ask for new bail terms. Image from Yahoo

According to Greenspon, Lich’s social media ban is overbroad and an unnecessary condition of her release.

Lich was detained on Feb. 17, a day before a massive police operation to clear the protesters occupying downtown Ottawa streets for three weeks.

Mischief, counseling mischief, intimidation, counseling intimidation, counseling obstruction of police, and obstructing police are among the charges she and a co-accused, Chris Barber, face.

Lich appeared via video from Alberta, where she is currently residing as part of her release terms.

Source: Global News

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