I will be live-blogging the trial of Ottawa mayor Larry O'Brien on charges of bribery and influence peddling. The trial is expected to last nine weeks.
I don't know if O'Brien is guilty or not. I do know, from my law buddies, his legal bill will likely be in the million-dollar range. If he is innocent, this is a classic case for arguing for compensation for the legal fees of the wrongly accused. Larry O'Brien is a rich man, but no one who's innocent should take a million-dollar hit because a prosecutor has laid a charge and pursued it on the public dime. If he is guilty, he deserves whatever happens to him.
My bet (and it's quite objective, as I know little and could not care less about O'Brien) is that what a pol says and what a sucker hears are often two different things, and there-in lies that "reasonable doubt". I've heard O'Brien on the radio and he's extremely smooth, certainly in the top 25% of all pols I've come across. His alleged mark, Terry Kilrea, is none too swift.
I bet O'Brien walks.
But we'll see.