Erica Levin found guilty of obstruction of justice and attempted bribery of a juror

From October 9, 2014; sentencing takes place on November 21, 2014.

From Global News, Canada (contains video): http://globalnews.ca/news/1607464/calgary-woman-guilty-of-bribing-juror/

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/erica-levin-found-guilty-in-juror-bribing-case-1.2794007

From Canadian Televsion CTV News: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/guilty-verdict-returned-in-jury-tampering-trial-1.2047378

Calgary Sun (includes video): http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/10/09/levin-found-guilty-of-bribery-in-sex-trial

From The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/wife-of-psychiatrist-convicted-of-sex-assault-guilty-of-trying-to-bribe-juror/article21034312/ The G&M article is quoted below:

WIFE OF PSYCHIATRIST CONVICTED OF SEX ASSAULT GUILTY OF TRYING TO BRIBE JUROR

Calgary. The Canadian Press.

The wife of a Calgary psychiatrist convicted of sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients has been found guilty of trying to bribe a juror during her husband’s trial.

Erica Levin was charged with obstruction after a juror came forward to say she had been approached by a relative of the accused.

The juror testified this week that she was offered $1,000 if she found Dr. Aubrey Levin not guilty.

The psychiatrist was convicted in January, 2013, on three counts of sexual assault against male patients and sentenced to five years in prison.

Jurors at Erica Levin’s trial were shown surveillance video of her approaching a female juror at a light-rail transit platform near the courthouse and giving her a note.

Levin, who is 70, told court that the note did not contain money, but a suicide note.

She testified she had gone to the transit station with the intent to throw herself in front of a train, but decided not to kill herself when she realized she needed to take care of her cat.

Levin sobbed as she testified that her husband’s trial was not fair and that gross inconsistencies in the trial added to her depression.

During cross-examination, the Crown pointed out that she had other opportunities to kill herself if she wanted to and accused her of lying.

The juror was excused from the doctor’s trial after she came forward with her allegations.

Levin remains free on bail until her sentencing in November.

Aubrey Levin asked for a reduction in his sentence, but it was upheld by the Alberta Court of Appeal in June.

The original allegations against him came to light in 2010 after one of his patients stepped forward with secret videos he had recorded during sessions with the psychiatrist.

The patient was on probation at the time the videos were taken and had been ordered by a court to see Levin twice a month.

The man said he had told authorities about previous assaults and no one believed him, so he bought a spy camera and brought it to his appointments.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

Levin is no stranger to controversy over his work. He faced heated accusations about his time as a military psychiatrist during apartheid in South Africa, where he earned his degree in 1963.

In the 1970s, he was a psychiatrist at a military hospital where aversion therapy through electric shocks was allegedly used in an attempt to change the sexuality of gay soldiers. Levin is mentioned in a report that aimed to shed light on abuses of gays and lesbians in the military by health workers.

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“Levin sobbed as she testified that her husband’s trial was not fair and that gross inconsistencies in the trial added to her depression.” Hm. What about the gross treatment and depression of the victims of the husband in South Africa? Where was ‘fairness” then?  Both Levins display plenty of self-pity; yet, absolutely no remorse for the actions of her husband and her own bribery attempt. In her mind the two of them are still blameless.

From an article on narcissism: “..he (the narcissist) has a diminished capacity to empathise so he rarely feels sorry for what he does. He almost never puts himself in the shoes of his “victims”. Actually, he doesn’t regard them as victims at all. It is very common for the narcissist to feel victimized, deprived and discriminated against. ….Sure, he feels distressed because he is intelligent enough to realise that something is wrong with him in a major way. He compares himself to others and the outcome is never favourable. His grandiosity is one of the defense mechanisms that he uses to cover up for this disagreeable state of things. Narcissists and psychopaths rarely feel sorry for what they did and apologize only if it furthers their interests”

Erica Levin trial updates

Erica Levin trial updates from news sources:

Bribery Accused said envelope contains suicide notes, not cash: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/crime-and-justice/Bribery+accused+said+envelope+contained+suicide+note+cash/10271434/story.html

Closing statements:

 http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Lawyers+make+closing+arguments+bribery+case+involving/10274082/story.html

…and, more excuses (why would you tell a juror you wanted to commit suicide?) As I’d written earlier once, they’re two of a kind. http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/10/08/accused-had-suicide-opportunity-prosecutor-tells-calgary-court

Former juror testifies disgraced doctor’s wife offered her envelope with money

From the Calgary Herald: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Former+juror+testifies+wife+disgraced+Aubrey+Levin+offered/10249409/story.html

Former juror testifies disgraced doctor’s wife offered her envelope with money 

A former juror in the Aubrey Levin sexual assault trial testified Tuesday how she was approached by the ex-forensic psychiatrist’s wife at a CTrain station and offered money to find him not guilty.

The woman, who cannot be named because of a publication ban imposed by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Horner, said she told the woman to go away. She then took the train home, wrote a letter and reported the incident to the judge at the next court session three days later on Jan. 14, 2013.

Erica Levin, 70, is on trial for attempted obstruction of justice.

The witness said she recognized the woman who approached her as being the person who sat in the gallery behind Aubrey Levin every day throughout the first three months of the trial, and she believed her to be his wife.

“I got the feeling I was being watched, then I saw the accused,” the ex-juror told Crown prosecutor Rajbir Dhillon, alluding to what she saw after she arrived at the 6th Street LRT platform and validated her ticket.

“She said to me, ‘You’re a juror’ in a questioning tone. I said ‘Go away, we can’t talk.’ Then I moved myself across the street. Then I heard a voice behind me say, ‘Please don’t find my husband guilty.’ I recognized the voice as the woman who talked to me earlier.

“I turned and noticed in her hand was a white envelope. And she said, ‘Here, a thousand dollars, my husband is not guilty.’ I said, ‘Go away, go away, we can’t talk.’ Then I moved away, with my back toward her. She said again, ‘My husband is not guilty, not guilty.’ Then I believed she had walked away. Maybe a second or two later, she said ‘My husband is not guilty,’ then I didn’t see her again.”

When asked by Dhillon if she was certain of the amount she was allegedly offered, the ex-juror said she was unclear.

“She said $1,000, then I think she said $10,000. I was stunned,” said the witness. “I said, ‘Why is this happening in Canada? Why did she pick me?’

For the rest of the article, go here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Former+juror+testifies+wife+disgraced+Aubrey+Levin+offered/10249409/story.html

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In other news outlets: CBC – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/erica-levin-trial-hears-from-juror-at-centre-of-bribery-accusation-1.2783081

Calgary Sun: http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/09/29/court-of-of-bribe-attempt-in-sex-case

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Levin’s Aversion Project is Salon magazine’s No.2 among the top 10 most evil medical experiments.

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/04/10_of_the_most_evil_medical_experiments_in_history_partner/

Aubrey Levin and the Aversion Project is voted as the second most evil medical experiment in September 4, 2014’s Salon article: “10 of the most evil medical experiments in history:The subjects are often society’s most vulnerable, and the doctors have rarely had to answer for their crimes”

Click on the link below to read the full story. There are a few exaggerations I believe, in the style of writing the article, but the general gist is correct.

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/04/10_of_the_most_evil_medical_experiments_in_history_partner/

Aubrey Levin’s sentence upheld

From Global News, June 24, 2014: http://globalnews.ca/news/1413884/appeal-court-upholds-sentence-in-aubrey-levin-sex-assault-case/:

Appeal court upholds sentence in Aubrey Levin sex assault case

 CALGARY- The Alberta Court of Appeal has upheld the five- year sentence handed to disgraced forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin.

In January 2013, Levin was convicted of sexually assaulting three men assigned to him as patients through the courts.

On Tuesday, the appeal court denied Levin’s request to have the five- year sentence reduced to two to three years.

Levin launched the appeal of his sentence after the appeal court rejected an appeal of his conviction in April 2013.

Levin had faced other charges but was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault and a mistrial was declared on four other counts.

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More details on the same by Kevin Martin in the Calgary Sun: http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/06/24/dr-aubrey-levins-five-year-sentence-upheld-by-alberta-court-of-appeal

Noting he committed an “egregious breach of trust” and abused his position of power over his patients, Alberta’s top court Tuesday upheld Dr. Aubrey Levin’s five-year sentence.

“We cannot say that the global sentence of imprisonment for five years is unreasonable,” Justice Carole Conrad said, in handing down the court’s unanimous ruling…….

For the rest, follow the link. http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/06/24/dr-aubrey-levins-five-year-sentence-upheld-by-alberta-court-of-appeal

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Aubrey Levin’s Appeal Denied and “Dr. Shock” begins his prison sentence

From the CBC, original story here http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/convicted-court-psychiatrist-aubrey-levin-s-appeal-denied-1.2619311:

Convicted court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin’s appeal denied

Levin found guilty on sexual assault charges for fondling patients

The Alberta Court of Appeal has denied former court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin’s bid to have his convictions thrown out.

He was found guilty of three counts in January 2013 for fondling men who had been assigned to him as patients through the courts.

Levin was given a five-year prison sentence.

With Levin’s appeal dismissed, he now has 48 hours to turn himself him.

“There were arguments about whether or not the Crown should have, for example, gone out and conducted an investigation or the police should have conducted an investigation at the direction of Dr. Levin’s counsel, and that’s not the law,” said Maureen McGuire with Alberta Justice.

“We don’t conduct investigations at the direction of counsel.”

Levin faced other charges. He was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault and a mistrial was declared on four counts.

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From Huffington Post Canada, http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/04/23/aubrey-levin-appeal_n_5199792.html

Aubrey Levin Loses Appeal, Must Turn Himself In

 By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press

CALGARY – The Alberta Court of Appeal has refused to overturn a psychiatrist’s three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients.

Dr. Aubrey Levin was found guilty by a jury in January 2013 and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Levin, 75, had asked the Appeal Court last October to dismiss the convictions and order a new trial. He had remained free on bail while the appeal was being heard.

But the court has ruled that there is no merit in any of the appeal arguments raised by Levin’s lawyer.

“The appeal accordingly is dismissed,” writes the three-member panel in a decision released Wednesday.

“We direct that Levin turn himself into custody within 48 hours after the filing of this judgment, failing which a warrant for his arrest will issue.”

The original allegations against Levin came to light in 2010 after one of his patients came forward with secret videos he had recorded during sessions with the psychiatrist.

The patient was on probation at the time the videos were taken and had been ordered by a court to see Levin twice a month. The man said he had told authorities about previous assaults and no one believed him, so he bought a spy camera and brought it to his appointments.

At the time of Levin’s convictions, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on four other charges.

The Crown retried Levin on two of them and last month a new jury was again unable to reach a consensus.

Levin, who immigrated to Canada from South Africa, was frequently used by the courts to assess people and provide expert opinions at hearings.

He served briefly as director for the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon and was licensed in 1998 to practise psychiatry in Alberta.

Levin is no stranger to controversy over his work. He faced heated accusations about his time as a military psychiatrist during apartheid in South Africa, where he earned his degree in 1963.

In the 1970s, he was a psychiatrist at a military hospital where aversion therapy through electric shocks was allegedly used in an attempt to change the sexuality of gay soldiers. Levin is mentioned in a report that aimed to shed light on abuses of gays and lesbians in the military by health workers.

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Highly Recommended: On Global News Canada  (includes Global News’ 16 x 9 report on Levin’s crimes in both South Africa and Canada) 

Sex-offending Calgary psychiatrist to begin jail term    Direct Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/1289441/sex-offending-calgary-psychiatrist-to-begin-jail-term/

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In French – Radio Canada: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2014/04/25/005-aubrey-levin-autorites.shtml L’ancien psychiatre Aubrey Levin se rend aux autorités”

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PRISON SENTENCE COMMENCES

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Disgraced psychiatrist Aubrey Levin begins prison sentence

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/crime-and-justice/Forensic+psychiatrist+Aubrey+Levin+reports+prison+sentence/9776940/story.html

The lawyer for disgraced former forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin hasn’t ruled out taking the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Levin turned himself in to the Calgary Remand Centre on Friday to begin serving a five-year prison sentence for sexually molesting three male patients.

“We’re considering our options,” defence counsel Chris Archer said afterwards.

Levin would first have to be given leave to go to the country’s top court, and it would have to be of sufficient national interest.

Crown prosecutor Shane Parker said he was advised by city police Levin reported to the holding jail in northwest Calgary at 8:45 a.m., just over an hour before the deadline imposed by the Alberta Court of Appeal in its dismissal of Levin’s appeal on Wednesday.

Parker said he was unaware whether Levin would be taken to Edmonton Institution to be classified or would go directly to another prison.

The prosecutor also hinted there may not be a third trial on two other similar charges, which recently ended in a second mistrial because a jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision.

He said he will meet next week with his superiors to discuss the situation. It was always believed that if the three convictions were upheld, the other two would be stayed.

Levin, 74, was convicted of sexual assaults on the three men under his care between 2008 and 2010.

He had been out on bail pending the result of his conviction appeal heard last October, but the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed all of his grounds for being awarded a new trial and gave him 48 hours to turn himself in or they would have a warrant issued for his arrest.

Chief Justice Catherine Fraser and justices Carole Conrad and Bruce McDonald also dismissed an application by Levin’s lawyers to admit fresh evidence on appeal.

(For the rest of the story – follow the above link)

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A fresh breath of some sense of justice at last….very late; but the sweetest feeling is that of having the mask of a hypocrite ripped apart to expose the lies, the lack of ethics and the incorrigible smug narcissism that lay within.

A missed trial. And another mistrial.

From CBC News:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/2nd-mistrial-declared-in-aubrey-levin-sex-assault-case-1.2581743

A Calgary judge has declared a second mistrial in the sexual assault case against former court psychiatrist Aubrey Levin.

Levin first went on trial in 2012 for nine counts of sexual assault against former patients.

He was found guilty of three counts in January 2013 for fondling men who had been assigned to him as patients through the courts.
Levin was given a five-year prison sentence, which he appealed. That same jury found him not guilty of two counts and a mistrial was declared on the remaining four charges when the jury was unable to reach a verdict.

A new trial for two of those charges began earlier this month in front of a new jury. But on Friday that jury was also unable to come to a verdict.

It’s an outcome the Crown says is rare and frustrating.

“For everyone … part of the process, for the accused, for the complainants and certainly from the Crown’s perspective it is too. We’d like to see finality to proceedings,” said Shane Parker.

Crown considering 3rd trial

Levin remains out on bail pending the appeal of his sentence.

His lawyer said the drawn out process is tough on his client.

“Obviously it’s difficult,” said defence lawyer Chris Archer. “It’s hanging over him. As I’ve said before, he’s 74 years old, so it’s even more difficult when you factor in his age.”

The Crown is considering a third trial, but one legal expert questions that decision because of the costs involved and the likelihood of finding another jury that hasn’t been tainted by all the media coverage.

“These 12 people that sat on the jury could not come to a unanimous decision so there seems to be something that’s deadlocking them. Is that likely to happen again?” said Janne Holmgren, an associate professor in justice studies at Mount Royal University.

The Crown says there’s a lot to consider, including having victims testify again.

“Every time it’s not getting any easier for them, it’s getting harder,” said Parker. “They’re in a different place in their lives now, and we’d have to respect the fact if they said they want to move on.”