When Barbara Kulaska asked Dean Steacy about an account on Stormfront named ‘jadewarr” back in May, 2007, the CHRC warrior lawyers went ballistic. They started to search wildly for any flimsy weapon they could grasp to stop the questioning. They pulled out a real oozy too - S. 37 of the Canada Evidence Act which they subsequently dropped because of a federal court decision looming against them. They were so petrified of revealing Steacy’s identity as “jadewarr” on Stormfront that they felt absolutely sick about it. Let’s read a bit from the transcript of how one of the Commission’s lawyers, Giacomo Vigna, describes how his serene state of mind was upset.
MR. VIGNA: Sorry. Mr. Chair, I don’t have the flu but I don’t feel in a serene state of mind to proceed with the file today. I don’t feel very well. I feel dizzy, I feel anxiety, and I am not in a serene state of mind to proceed with this file today.
I have a lot of things worrying me right now and I don’t want to elaborate, but my colleague said, Mr. Fine, there are some certain incidents that have occurred which I don’t feel at liberty to elaborate right now, which have had an impact on my ability to proceed in a professional way on this file, at least for today, because I wouldn’t be rendering the Commission a just service by proceeding in this condition.
I am not dying, Mr. Chair, I don’t have the flu, but I am not mentally capable of proceeding under these circumstances.
THE CHAIRPERSON: But the witness is here?
MR. VIGNA: The witness is here. It’s not the question of the witness. The witness is here. I thought until this morning that I would proceed, but I really don’t feel primarily mentally able to proceed, and physically too.
MR. CHRISTIE: I have heard two explanations which are as frivolous as any I have ever heard in justifying an adjournment of a whole proceeding… To say I am not feeling well, but sit here and talk about it, is inconsistent. There is no medical certificate, and I heard very faintly Mr. Vigna say I’m not physically sick, I don’t have a serene state of mind. Very few of us in the difficulties we face always have a serene state of mind. I don’t know what that means.
This is not a case of a nervous breakdown or a mental state justifying a psychiatric examination.
… it’s not entirely clear what the cause of Mr. Vigna’s mental state is … if Mr. Vigna is providing a medical certificate … If there is a serious long-term mental problem that isn’t related to this serious issue, I think it’s appropriate that we should know about it.
MR. VIGNA: Mr. Chair, I will provide a medical certificate.
THE CHAIRPERSON: Please sit down, Mr. Vigna.
MR. VIGNA: I feel insulted by that comment.
THE CHAIRPERSON: Please sit down.
The above exchange demonstrates the quality of representation the Crown has at its disposal when defending its cases in front of the Star Chamber Tribunals. In many ways, we should hardly be surprised.
At the hearing on March 25, we also got a sobering look at another “star” lawyer in action, Margo Blight.
On March 20, Barbara Kulaszka, submitted a summary of 15 questions that were the subject of the hearing on the March 25. These questions were a compilation of the same ones the Commission had refused to answer back almost a year previously for obvious reasons, one of the more prominent questions being the identity of “jadewarr” on Stormfront. We all read above what asking such a question did to one of the Commission’s lawyers: He lost his serenity. He felt dizzy. And experienced anxiety too. For all we know, he soiled himself right there and then. In the vulgar tongue, people would say he was “shitting his pants”.
Anyhow, Ms. Kulaszka sent these questions to both the Tribunal Judge, Athanasios Hadjis, and Ms. Blight so they would know the content of the questions that would be asked of the “Star” witnesses, Dean Stacey and Hannya Rizk at the hearing.
Apparently, Ms. Blight then took the initiative and sent responses to those questions – which were originally intended for the witnesses to answer at the Tribunal hearing – back to the Judge.
Yes, folks, that’s right. You read that right. No mistake. She tried to answer the questions herself. After all, who needs witnesses when you can get the politically and legally correct answers from the Commission lawyers!
Needless to say, Mr. Hadjis, was not amused. He really put the smackdown on that attempt.