The Democracy Fund, a Canadian charity, has started a crowdfunding campaign to support Tamara Lich with her legal bills. Tamara, an ordinary mom and grandma from Medicine Hat, Alberta, is facing a trial alongside Chris Barber in Ottawa, ON. The cost of expert legal representation is $300,000, which Tamara cannot afford.
However, Tamara has a secret weapon on her side. Lawrence Greenspon, one of Ottawa’s top lawyers, is representing her. Lawrence and his team are known for handling complex and serious cases, and their services come at a high cost. But they are worth every penny.
During the trial, Justice Heather Perkins-McVey expressed her dissatisfaction with the prosecution’s request to refine its selection of evidence on the fourth day of the trial. The judge stated that these evidentiary submissions should have been completed by August 1 to give the defense enough time to prepare for the Crown’s arguments.
The Crown initially submitted about 4000 pages of documents as part of the discovery process. These documents included chat logs sent through encrypted messaging apps and decrypted by law enforcement using UFED technology. However, the Crown now wishes to specifically identify approximately 2000 pages to use in pursuit of convictions.
The judge criticized the Crown for not clearly articulating its intent with the evidence it wanted to bring forward during the trial. Lawrence Greenspon, Lich’s attorney, raised concerns about mid-trial requests for evidentiary changes, stating that it overrides the trial process. He emphasized the importance of the defense being able to review the hundreds of hours of video footage from the Freedom Convoy, which was compiled into an approximately 11-minute video presented by the prosecution’s first witness.
Greenspon pointed out the omissions in the video compilation, such as the absence of bouncy castles, hockey, and hugging of police officers, which he believed undermined the representation of the overall demonstration.
During the trial, Barber’s lawyer inquired about which chat logs would be selected as evidence, to which the Crown responded, “We will let you know.” The judge interjected, expressing her dissatisfaction with the late notice and stating that they were too late in the game for such responses.
The prosecution also played an approximately 35-minute video of a press conference featuring Barber, Lich, and Freedom Convoy volunteer Tom Marazzo. In the video, Marazzo repeatedly emphasized the peaceful nature of the protest and urged supporters to remain compliant in anticipation of potential police operations to end the demonstration. He made it clear that violence was not their intention and encouraged Canadians attending the protest not to create problems.
Marazzo’s emphasis on peaceful protesting contrasts with the prosecution’s central claim that the Freedom Convoy was anything but peaceful.
The trial continues, and the defense is working diligently to challenge the prosecution’s evidence and present a strong case for Tamara Lich and Chris Barber. The crowdfunding campaign initiated by the Democracy Fund aims to support Tamara with her legal fees, ensuring she has access to the best legal representation possible. If you would like to contribute to Tamara’s legal defense, you can do so by sending an e-transfer to [email protected], with the password “RebelNews” if required. Alternatively, you can make cheques payable to Rebel News Network Ltd. and send them to Rebel News, PO Box 61056 Eglinton/Dufferin RO, Toronto, ON M6E 5B2.
Your contribution can make a significant difference in ensuring justice is served for Tamara Lich in her ongoing legal battle.