Saskatchewan Divided

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Gerald Stanley’s initial trial relating to the death of Colten Boushie may be over, but the Saskatchewan farmer’s legal battles are likely far from over.

Mr. Stanley is slated in provincial court next month on improper firearm storage charges. Solomon Friedman, who is a defense lawyer focusing on firearms, told CBC that the punishment for this type of crime does not typically include a jail sentence. A discharge, fine, or suspended sentence is more likely.

Additionally, the Crown prosecutor stated that “things will be considered” when discussing a possible appeal of the case. Lawyers and those not involved in the legal field have been weighing in on all sorts of forums with their opinion on the verdict. Tensions within the province are running high as varying opinions flare regarding whether or not justice was served in the trial. A snapshot of the province can be seen on GoFundMe, where both Mr. Boushie and Mr. Stanley have had accounts set up in their name. The province remains so divided, that even on the fundraising forum, comments had to be disabled.

The only thing currently certain in the province? Everyone is now aware of the deep rooted tensions that were likely always there.

This blog post was written by a CCLA-PBSC RightsWatch student. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCLA or PBSC.