Attorney general was not the prosecutor

Re: “A few basic points about prosecutors’ decision-making,” comment, March 9.

Interesting article, but it misses the point. Then-attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould was not the prosecutor; Kathleen Roussel was and is the director of public prosecutions. Wilson-Raybould was not being asked to give SNC-Lavalin a deferred-prosecution agreement; she was being pressured to direct Roussel to give the company a DPA.

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Once the case goes to trial, Roussel is free to make whatever changes in her initial response not to grant a DPA she thinks prudent. The only way that will change would be if the current attorney general, David Lametti, instructs her to change her mind now and grant a DPA, or takes over the prosecution and grants one himself.

I am not a lawyer — but I have taken courses in logic and ethics as part of my undergrad degree.

Richard Mackenzie


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