Court won't hear case of convicted health inspector
A pedestrian walks past the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)
Published Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:06AM EST
OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has decided not to hear the case of a corrupt public health inspector who was complaining of trial delays.
Kerry Wong, a Toronto health inspector, was convicted in January 2010 of trying to extort $1,400 from a couple who owned a bar.
Wong was initially charged in July 2007, but his trial only began in November 2009.
Two lower courts rejected Wong's argument that his rights were violated because his case took so long to come to trial.
In rejecting Wong's appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal noted that the court system is stretched to its limits and is undermining the right of some accused to a speedy trial.
As usual, the Supreme Court gave no reasons for its decision.