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RSS FeedsConst. James Forcillo finally runs out of breaks: DiManno
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20 november 2017 18:48:49

Const. James Forcillo finally runs out of breaks: DiManno
(The Star Environment)

“James Forcillo absolutely does not deserve to go to jail. He is not a criminal. He is a police officer who had an extremely dangerous and tragic encounter. He is a father and a husband. He is my husband, and my best friend. Please, there is so much pain in this situation already, do not break more hearts of those who are impacted directly by this judgment. Please remember, it is not only James that is being sentenced, it is his wife, and his children as well.”Irina Forcillo, as she then was, wrote those words on April 12, 2016.Her husband, as he then was, was awaiting sentencing upon conviction of attempted murder in the shooting death of teenager Sammy Yatim.Irina Ratushnyak, as she now is, was 15 months away from divorcing her husband, though presumably neither had an inkling of where their marriage was headed. Let us give them the benefit of that doubt.A lot can happen in a year: The couple, portrayed as mutually devoted and dedicated to preserving their young family — Mrs. Forcillo (passim) entered a three-page plea for mercy — parted, divorced and took up with new partners, while continuing to share a home.But she was, from the outset, wrong in her presentation of the facts, at least as the public probably understood them. Forcillo, the Toronto police constable, was arguably a criminal at that point and his bail would have been revoked automatically upon conviction. But no conviction was formally entered because Forcillo’s top-drawer legal team immediately filed an abuse-of-process application, a bit of clever manoeuvring which technically meant the trial wasn’t completed.On July 27, six months after the jury returned its verdicts, Justice Edward Then sentenced Forcillo to six years in prison.He spent precisely one night in custody before another judge granted bail, pending his appeal of the jury’s verdict and the judge’s sentence.On the date of sentencing, Forcillo — acquitted on the more serious charg ...
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