SIGNS ON WITH TEEN WRITER
One of Ontario's most prominent lawyers,
Clayton Ruby, will help to defend a teen
accused of threatening classmates.
Ruby confirmed yesterday that he will
be among the defence counsel representing
the 16-year-old youth charged with uttering
death threats after reading a monologue
"I think young people have rights
-- constitutional rights -- just as much
as adults," said Ruby.
"We wouldn't lock up an adult
without a criminal record for up to 30
days -- presumed innocent but held pending
The youth, who cannot be named under
the Young Offenders Act, was arrested
Dec. 8. He is facing four counts of uttering
death threats -- one for threatening to
kill students and staff and three more
for uttering threats to kill three specific
students at the school.
The case, which is to go to trial
in Cornwall Jan. 22, is the result of
overreaction, said Ruby.
"If they executed a search warrant
quietly and they found explosives we'd
all say thank you," he said. "But
when they find no explosives and then
proceed to hold a kid for 30 days, you
wonder what on earth are they doing."
The local arts community was also
expected to come out in support of the
young writer in a demonstration on Parliament
Hill this morning.