"The Power of One"

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  • Error of Impunity:

    Around 9:00 AM Friday, June 27th, 2014 Deputy Assistant Crown Prosecutor, Michael Ewanson, fired a scud missile into the Ludwig Camp.

    He called to inform us that the Crown was going to drop (stay) the charges against the man who threw the deadly punch to the back of Brian Ludwig's head in the early morning hours of the 26th August 2012 outside Swig's Pub, knocking him semi-conscious. Brian had been involved in a disagreement with another man that had ended and he was walking away when, he accused threw a 'cheap shot' to the back left side of his head according to two witnesses at the preliminary hearing in April of this year.

    As Brian lay on the parking lot pavement, with his eyes fluttering, moaning and in cardiac arrest, this man and two of his cohorts stood over him screaming "you got what you deserved you f$@#&^*g a$@#&^*e". These 3 then got into 2 vehicles and sped away.

    Ewanson told us that the Crown was 'staying' the charges because of the contradicting testimony of his two prime witnesses at the preliminary hearing in April of this year. This contradiction is problematic, he said, and if this case were to proceed to trial, in all likelihood will not result in a conviction for the accused. He also said that there were at least 20 other people milling around who witnessed the crime but have not volunteered to come forward to testify. He also said in the event that one or more of these witnesses come forward, then the case will be re-opened. If not, within one year, the charges will be dropped entirely.

    There is an entrenched discrimination within our Canadian legal system towards One Punch Homicides. The jurisprudents (the judges and all attorneys) who work within the legal system can't seem to make an assessment of what category a One Punch Homicide falls into. They repeatedly ask the question 'is it a near accident or a near murder?' An example of this is the judge who presided at the preliminary hearing in April. At one point during the proceedings she referred to the 'One Punch Homicide' of Brian Ludwig as an accident. It baffles me how a punch to the head that causes a death can be deemed an 'accident'.

    What enables this type of thinking within the walls of the Canadian legal system? Many of these "One Punch Homicides' occur at or near a drinking establishment. Quite often, both the killer and the deceased are drunk. And there is a tendency to partially blame the victim for his own death.

    Because of this underlying discrimination, these learned people seem to place the manslaughter charge that is inevitably levied against the One Punch Homicide crime at the bottom end of the manslaughter scale. This manifests itself in several ways. First, sometimes a very light prison sentence is levied - example, two years less a day. Sometimes only house arrest is given to the perpetrator; sometimes time served; and sometimes, as in this case charges are dropped because of a technicality and the cost of a trial is very high.

    The cost to take this to trial is very high and the Crown thinks they don't stand a good chance of a conviction because of contradicting testimony.

    It is every Canadian citizen's basic right to face your attacker in a court of law. However, that courtesy is not going to be extended to us.

    The end result of this 'stay' is that one man is walking away as an innocent man, unencumbered to enjoy the rest of his life.

    Innocent men are put in jail wrongly; the antithesis to that is that guilty men walk away free.

    Brian Ludwig got to only live one-half a life.

    Ron, Heather, Mikita, Phoenix, Karen and I have been given a life sentence.

    Angela Ludwig


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