Publication Ban? What Publication Ban?
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Publication Ban? What Publication Ban?

The Star‘s Rosie DiManno has been covering the first of what will be many trials related to Jane Creba’s sad death, and we’ve been dutifully avoiding reading her coverage so as to preserve our sanity. But DiManno, who usually only breaks laws of good taste and good writing, may have gone against the spirit if not the letter of the…uh, actual law, in yesterday’s column. DiManno, writing about one witness—one of the co-accused who will likely be tried later—said that “Because he was only 17 at the time of the Yonge St. shootout, purportedly between two groups of males, the witness can’t be identified. Even the sweet-sticky street name by which he was more familiarly known is covered by a publication ban.” Tricky! Publication bans under the federal Youth Criminal Justice Act, the Ministry of the Attorney General’s website notes, are there to prevent “the name of the young person or any other information that could or would identify the young person as having been dealt with under the Act” from being published—”sweet-sticky street name”s, you’d think, included.

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