Friday, September 28, 2012

Ashley Smith: (Ontario): New inquest comes under attack: Last time by correctional officials; This time by medical practitioners: Candian Press;

  STORY:  "Doctors fight scope of inquest into Ashley Smith's death," by reporter Colin Perkel,  Canadian Press, published in the Toronto Star on September 27, 2012.

GIST: "Doctors who treated a deeply troubled teenager are fighting the scope of a coroner’s inquest into her death in an Ontario prison cell five years ago, The Canadian Press has learned. Documents show the three doctors — two psychiatrists and a general practitioner — argue the presiding coroner’s plans are unconstitutional because they include events that occurred outside Ontario. The challenge threatens to further delay the already much-delayed proceedings and has infuriated the family of Ashley Smith, which argues medical professionals are trying to escape scrutiny of their role in the tragedy.........This is the second inquest called into Smith’s death. The first one collapsed last year amid legal wrangling and the abrupt resignation of the coroner. Among previously contested issues was the release of videotapes from a Quebec prison showing Smith being given injections without her consent and medical staff apparently threatening her with further injections. The new hearing was slated to begin formal hearings Jan. 13, 2013 and the doctors want Carlisle to delay issuing summonses to out-of-province witnesses until the jurisdictional issue is dealt with. Inquests into deaths in federal institutions are common, and observers said the jurisdictional challenge appears to be unprecedented."

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