Friday, July 29, 2016

Frank writer charged with breaching publication ban vows to fight

Andrew Douglas of Halifax's Frank magazine* has been charged with breaching a publication ban related to a case of the murder of a police officer. In a National Post story, Douglas says it's "absolutely ridiculous" and that he intends to fight it, all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. 

The story was about the death of Catherine Campbell and ban was on all evidence presented at a preliminary hearing. Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Campbell, who had served as a Truro police constable for six years before her death.
Douglas said his story was researched, written and published ahead of the publication ban and was based on a document not obtained through the court process.
“It was published before the ban,” Douglas said. “We put the story on the website at 9:30 or 10 o’clock in the morning on July 11 and that publication ban didn’t go into effect until later in the morning or even the afternoon.”
*The Halifax Frank is a separate publication from the Ottawa-based Frank.  


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