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No cameras allowed in court for Graham James sentencing

Mar 19, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

Graham James

Tomorrow’s sentencing of Graham James won’t be televised. A Manitoba judge has denied the media’s request to put cameras in the courtroom to show the former hockey coach receive his punishment, reports the Canadian Press.

In December, James pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of Theoren Fleury and Todd Holt, both of whom he coached in the 1980s and ‘90s when they were teenagers in the WHL.

Judge Catherine Carlson said the case is “highly charged enough” and agreed with James’ lawyer that broadcasting his client’s current image – an image he’s managed to conceal – would violate his privacy and could pose a threat to his safety.

And while James’ well-being won’t be high on most people’s list of concerns, Carlson also worried cameras in the courtroom could dissuade sexual-assault victims from coming forward in the future.

“Indeed, it took Mr. Fleury and Mr. Holt many years to make the decision to disclose the offences that Mr. James committed against them,” she said. “If victims have to worry there may be a camera anywhere near the court proceedings, it is reasonable to expect they may not come forward. That would certainly impede the interests of the administration of justice.”

  1. wheelinbeauties21 - Mar 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    His safety is the least of my concern. He should be made an example to all sick people like him so that none of them act on their thoughts and this never happens again. In my mind you can’t publicly humiliate him enough. He is an embarrassment to our society.

  2. drewsylvania - Mar 19, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Might I suggest the guillotine?

    • blomfeld - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      up against the wall … bullet in the head … end of story …

      I’ve never understood how “we” as a species, can daily slaughter kindly “two and four” legged friends in their thousands without so much as the blink of an eye ? … and yet we “labor” over what needs to done with scum like this ? … in many ways, I’m truly ashamed to be a member of our species, as even rats take care of their own problems more efficiently than we do …

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