The Pickton Circus comes to New Westminster

I forgot to bring my camera.

By 7:15 am, the news trucks were set up, the camera crews were setting up, and the New West Courthouse was a lot busier than usual.

At noon, I went back there, and Begbie Square, in front of the courthouse, was busier yet, mostly news crews. The circus atmosphere was increased by a tent: an EZ-up sheltering a podium, apparently ready for some news conference or another, judging by the heavy-duty video cameras in an orderly semicircle around it.

I probably missed the peak of activity, but the dozens of demonstrators were down to about a dozen demonstrators, and demonstration is an odd word for it. They put on a show of sorts, but to me their purpose did not suggest people at a political event, but rather a November 11th crowd. The purpose was remembrance.

And thus onto the voir dire, meaning “see and say,” meaning the court figures out if evidence is admissible before it goes in front of a jury. This part could take months. I hope to sit in on the proceedings tomorrow, though it may still be a full house. And I’ll bring my camera.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:03 pm

    Exciting. However if there’s a press ban they probably won’t let the camera in, and even if they do I don’t think we’d be able to host any in court pictures.

  2. Ryan C (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 12:51 pm

    Of course. No photos are allowed in court. Also, I forgot my camera again.

    What I really want to take is pictures of the circus outside, though that seems to have greatly diminished already. We’ll see on Friday.

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