Stanley Cup rioter denied request for secret trial
Published Friday, March 15, 2013 1:05PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, March 15, 2013 1:59PM PDT
A Stanley Cup rioter charged with breaching her probation order will not be allowed to have her trial held in secret, a judge ruled Friday.
The lawyer for Camille Cacnio, who received a suspended sentence in Sept. 2012 after pleading guilty for taking pants from a downtown store during the riot mayhem, had asked for the scheduled proceedings to be held behind closed doors.
For the first year of her sentence, the rioter is barred from being outside of her home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., except for medical emergencies or unless she has written permission from her probation officer. She must also perform 150 hours of community service.
Cacnio’s lawyer Jason Tarnow claims she has a medical condition to explain why she was caught outside of her home past 10 p.m.
Tarnow said her medical condition is “her business and hers alone.”
Cacnio stole two pairs of men’s size 42 pants and a bow tie from Black & Lee formalwear in downtown Vancouver, following Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Canucks and Boston Bruins.
Tarnow said his client has suffered harassment and even physical intimidation for her participation in the riot.
She has been portrayed as a person who got away “too lightly,” Tarnow said, adding the last thing she needs is her medical history broadcast to the world.
The trial was only supposed to last one day.
Two witnesses were scheduled to appears, one of whom is a police officer who pulled over Cacnio when she was supposed to be at home, and the second is a nurse at the jail where she was examined.
The judge disagreed it was too extreme a measure to bar the public from this trial, and the trial resumed in the early afternoon.
Vancouver police allege as many as one-quarter of the 42 people charged in the Stanley Cup riot have breached their probation or recognizance orders.
Its contempt-of-court investigation involves 11 people they say ignored court orders over curfews, drinking and entering Vancouver’s downtown core.
Almost 200 people have been charged since the riot, with 56 convicted and sentenced to various terms including house arrest and jail time.
Earlier this week another 33 people were charged with taking part in a riot, assault, break-and-enter and mischief.