Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Galligan Report on Certain Matters Relating to Karla Homolka (1996)

Hon. Patrick T. Galligan's Report on Certain Matters Relating to Karla Homolka is the most frequently discussed document regarding the "Deal with the Devil" that was cut between Karla Homolka and the Crown Prosecutors in order to secure her testimony against then-husband Paul Bernardo.

In response to an unfavourable public response for the reduced sentence given to Homolka for her role in the crimes, Galligan was appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to investigate and report on the following  (taken directly from the report):

  1. Whether the plea arrangement entered into by Crown counsel with Karla Homolka on May 14, 1993, was appropriate in all the circumstances.
  2. Whether the advice given by Crown counsel to the Green Ribbon Task Force in connection with possible charges against Karla Homolka arising out of a sexual assault on Jane Doe was appropriate in all the circumstances.
  3. Whether in all the circumstances, is it appropriate or feasible to take further proceedings against Karla Homolka for her part in the deaths of Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy and sexual assault on Jane Doe.
  4. To inquire into such related matters, if any, which the Attorney General may, from time to time, direct.

In the interest of access to information, I strongly believe that folks who are interested in delving into the criminological, psychological, and legal aspects of this case should be able to view this important document in its entirety.

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