Globe and Mail | Nov. 06, 2000 | Eugene Harasymiw
Clayton Ruby letter (Nov. 06, 2000)

From: Eugene Harasymiw
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2000 12:43 PM
To: '[email protected]'
Subject: Clayton Ruby letter

Dear Editor of Globe and Mail:

Clayton Ruby's eloquent defence of due process ('Rogues' a political term, Nov. 06, 2000) is most inspiring. Accused are rogues, he states correctly, "only...if they were lawfully and fairly convicted." Who could assail the view that society is "determined to avoid convicting the innocent," and that "to that end, we require an exacting standard of proof that is not required in everyday life, but is close to absolute certainty"? I, for one, would never quarrel with Mr. Ruby's passionate plea: "the choice is stark: either we provide fair trials to those accused of crime...or we arbitrarily select some people for less-than-fundamental justice because it suits the attorney-general of the day." Magnificent.

Now, Mr. Ruby, do your remarks not also apply to the federal government's denaturalization and deportation process? If not, why not?

Eugene Harasymiw, LL.B.
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