Thursday, June 21, 2012

Magnotta Not Quite Looking Like Himself in Court



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.


More Information

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)


2 comments:

  1. I agree completely with you. This mad man was just looking for fame in a twisted and inhuman way, as evident in the way he treated animals and his fellow humans. The Canadian and international public should be allowed to see with better clarity what is happening. Although with no camera around, I'm sure his suffering from knowledge that no one will see him and his unbelievably narcissistic ass.

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    1. I don't need to see the bastard's face, I'm more interested in having the opportunity to see the process that will (more than likely) put him behind bars for at least a sizeable chunk of the rest of his life.

      Stuff a camera waaaay in the back, blur his face, do whatever you have to do to assure he won't derive any additional undue "fame," but have the guts to let the public see what is happening inside the courtrooms of our nation!

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