Luka Magnotta's first court appearance via video link
Luka Magnotta is scheduled to make his second court appearance via CCTV later today, and it is anticipated that his counsel, Pierre Panaccio, may request a psychiatric evaluation for his client.
Since cameras are not allowed in Canadian courtrooms, we must rely upon the talents of sketch artists to provide us with a glimpse of key moments in each case. The two sketches above were released following Magnotta's first court appearance, and I am sorry to say this, but is this really the best we can do? I realize that nobody wants to further enhance his new-found celebrity status, but this is ridiculous! The first sketch looks like it was produced by a third grader, and the second -- while much better -- looks more like a Chinese Ted Bundy than Luka Magnotta.
I feel that placing cameras in Canadian courtrooms would be an excellent step toward not only transparency, but also fostering a better understanding of the process. As a society, we have been bombarded with a seemingly endless stream of this arse hole's "glamour" shots; I think it's only fitting that we should get to see him silenced, shackled, and in desperate need of a makeover.
Update (June 21 @ 4PM) ---> Luka Magnotta's new lawyer, Luc Leclair, did not request a psychiatric evaluation as was expected. Instead, he made clear his clients wishes for a trial by judge and jury and also requested a publication ban. Magnotta isn't expected back in court now until a preliminary hearing scheduled for March, 2013.
Magnotta back in court for possible psychiatric evaluation
CBC News (June 21, 2012) -- Featuring a live Twitter feed from the proceedings
Magnotta requests trial by judge and jury
CBC News (June 21, 2012)