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Rosie DiManno: Your Ward News editor gets one more chance in court

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16.07.2019

Your Ward News is dead.

Toes up. Six feet under. Bit the dust. Ding-donged.

The giveaway rag will no longer darken the doorstep of some 300,000 nonsubscribers in southern Ontario — but primarily east-end Toronto — most of whom never wanted the damn thing, many of whom were horrified by its content and some of whom will just have to find their Jew-hating, women-slagging bile elsewhere.

So it doesn’t matter, except in the denunciation and deterrence details, what sentence publisher LeRoy St. Germaine eventually receives — which didn’t happen on Monday at the College Park court, as had been widely anticipated.

St. Germaine has already vowed to kill the thing, has “no further intention of publishing again,” as stated in a presentencing report entered as an exhibit, and plans to sever his association with his co-accused, James Sears.

Nor is it germane that gonzo editor Sears — a.k.a. “Dimitri the Lover, formerly a doctor until he had his medical licence revoked over sexual impropriety with female patients — might have his case reopened, representing himself after firing his lawyer. That was the most startling development in court, when Judge Richard Blouin agreed to allow Sears a shot at making his case for a retrial or mistrial.

Which is all that Sears will be permitted to argue when the matter returns before Blouin in early August: That his reasons for judgment were inadequate because the cashiered lawyer, Dean Embry, failed to mount a proper defence and refused to call any witnesses, as Sears has alleged.

“My overarching obligation is to ensure a fair trial,” said Blouin. “I’m allowing Mr. Sears an opportunity to satisfy me that this is an exceptional case and I should re-open this trial or declare a mistrial at his late date.”

Blouin rejected five other grounds Sears had posited in a 79-page submission (plus 29-page........

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