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Lich-Barber trial heads toward closing arguments

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Diane Magas, left, Chris Barber's lawyer, center, walks with Lawrence Greenspon, Tamara Lich's lawyer, toward the Ottawa courthouse, September 19, 2023. (File photo)


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The final arguments should be heard in August during the trial of the two organizers of the truckers' convoy that paralyzed downtown Ottawa two years ago.

Tamara Lich and Chris Barber are charged with mischief, intimidation and offenses relating to advising others to commit misdeeds during the protest lasted more than three weeks in early 2022.

The trial began in September and the procedures were delayed along the way. Lawyers for Tamara Lich and Chris Barber announced this week that they would not present their own evidence.

We have reviewed the evidence presented by the Crown, all of which has been cross-examined, Lich's lawyer, Lawrence Greenspon, told AFP. #x27;outside court Friday.

We are of the opinion that there is nothing to add or that should be added by the defense to all the evidence presented by the Crown, he added.

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Closing arguments are scheduled to be heard August 13-15.

Crown prosecutors Tim Radcliffe and Siobhain Wetscher said the case was not about the political beliefs of Tamara Lich and Chris Barber, but rather how they crossed the line in committing the actions of which they are accused.

The Crown relied on testimonies from police officers and residents , on hours of video recordings, on text messages and on content taken from social networks to conclude that the two accused exercised control and influence during the demonstration.< /p>Open in full screen mode

Organizers of the truckers' convoy, Tamara Lich (left) and Chris Barber, speak during the State of Emergency Commission, November 1, 2022, in Ottawa. (File photo)

Defense attorneys argued throughout the trial that their two clients had worked with police and municipal authorities and remained peaceful during their stay in Ottawa.

We look forward to presenting our final conclusions to the judge based on this evidence, said defense attorney Lawrence Greenspon.

Most of the hearings over the past week have focused on how specific pieces of evidence will be considered by the judge when making his decision.

Lawyers for Tamara Lich and Chris Barber accused the Crown of cherry-picking evidence, while prosecutors accused the defense of doing the same.

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Tamara Lich and Chris Barber came to Ottawa from western Canada to attend their trial in person. They were arrested on February 17, 2022, a day before police began clearing downtown streets of people protesting COVID-19 health measures.

Originally from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Chris Barber was released one day after entering custody in 2022.

Tamara Lich, who is from Medicine Hat, Alberta, spent 49 days in prison, in two separate stints. The first followed his initial arrest, while the second occurred after his arrest on a Canada-wide warrant for violations of his bail conditions.

The trial was slowed by legal wrangling, technical delays, unprepared witnesses and questions about how police evidence was disclosed .

The judge will have six months to make a decision once the oral arguments are concluded. A conviction for mischief carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

With information from CBC News

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116