Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Those Wacky Canadians

Not seeing this great catch by “a public defender” blog happening in the US. (Sorry, Gideon, but it was even confusing me not to put you in quotation marks.)

Here’s a reason for the legalization folks: lawsuits! A woman in Canada successfully sued her drug dealer for giving her bad crystal meth that landed her in a coma.

“It was frustrating not having anything done through the criminal system,” said Sandy Bergen, 23, who has been drug- and alcohol-free since the 2004 incident. “Financially, I’m not really going to gain from it. But it’s a way of holding him responsible.”

Bergen and her parents launched the negligence suit against Clinton Davey in 2005, asking for more than $50,000 in medical costs and other damages. Bergen had a heart attack during the overdose and spent 11 days in a coma.

A Court of Queen’s Bench judge agreed to strike Davey’s statement of defence in the case, which essentially finds him legally responsible.

[While you’re there, catch the wonderfully snarky critique of the latest corr sent policy proposals in CT.]

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