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Robert Picton legal defense-re-release
  Apr 30, 2004

A random telephone survey between October 31 and November 4, 2002 relating to legal aid in British Columbia. 500 British Columbians participated in this survey which has an amended margin of error of 5.5%, 18 times out of 20 @ 98% competency.

Question #1
Is it your opinion that BC Crown counsel should only prosecute Mr. Picton on a few of the first degree murder charges against him, in order to save BC taxpayers money?
Yes    20 %
No    80 %
Question #2
Accused serial killer Robert Picton's lawyer, Peter Ritchie insists his client requires the services of at least six lawyers to provide a proper defense for his client. The government takes the position that three lawyers are sufficient. In your opinion, should funding be provided for:
3 lawyers?    80 %
6 lawyers    20. %
Question #3
Would it please you to see Mr. Picton act as his own legal defense counsel?
Yes    20 %
No    80 %
Commentary
British Columbians do not want to see Robert Picton receive the Cadillac legal defense on their tax dollar, they would prefer it if he simply received a legal defense. Respondents would not be happy to see Mr. Picton act as his own legal counsel, because of the delays and problems with achieving an outcome that would likely result.
Initially, Attorney General Geoff Plant told newspapers following the original release of this survey that only the basic defense cost coverage would be provided, but later when no-one was paying as much attention, he made sure his friends in the legal community got all the money they wanted for defense work.

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