The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber entered its eighth day today in Ottawa. The two individuals, who played prominent roles in the Freedom Convoy protests, are facing charges of mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief, and intimidation. The demonstrations organized by the Freedom Convoy attracted thousands of Canadians to Ottawa earlier this year in opposition to COVID-19 restrictions.
Rebel News reporter Robert Kraychik is once again providing live updates from inside the Ottawa courthouse, while videographer Lincoln Jay is capturing reactions and commentary from outside the courthouse.
In today’s proceedings, the defense team plans to present a video of a speech by former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford at the Freedom Convoy. Peckford, who helped craft the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, will outline claims that the federal government violated rights enshrined in the Charter through its COVID-19 measures. The defense aims to emphasize the weight of Peckford’s remarks, given his involvement in the drafting of the Charter.
A recap of the trial’s seventh day can be watched in full below:
As the trial continues, this page will be updated with new information and developments.
The trial of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber has attracted significant attention due to the prominence of the Freedom Convoy protests and the charges they face. Lich, an ordinary mom and grandma from Medicine Hat, Alberta, is unable to afford the cost of expert legal representation, which is estimated to be around $300,000. However, Lich has secured the services of Lawrence Greenspon, one of Ottawa’s top lawyers, who is known for handling complex and serious cases. The expense of Greenspon’s legal team is considered to be worth every penny.
Given the high-profile nature of the trial and the importance of providing fair and balanced coverage, Rebel News has set up a temporary field operation in Ottawa to report on every minute of the proceedings. As a viewer-funded and independent journalistic outlet, Rebel News relies on donations to continue delivering independent coverage. Supporters can chip in to help cover Tamara Lich’s legal fees and support Rebel News’ ongoing mission of independent journalism.
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The Democracy Fund, a Canadian charity, is also supporting Tamara Lich by crowdfunding her legal bills. The organization aims to raise the necessary funds to cover the cost of expert legal representation, ensuring Lich receives a fair trial.
The Tamara Lich and Chris Barber trial is a significant case that highlights the tensions surrounding COVID-19 restrictions and the right to protest. The involvement of former premier Brian Peckford adds further weight to the defense’s arguments, given his role in crafting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As the trial progresses, it will be crucial to closely follow the proceedings to understand the legal implications and potential outcomes of this high-profile case.