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.”

Jury deadlocked…

From the Calgary Herald: “Levin jurors struggle for unanimous verdict” by Daryl Slade.

A deadlocked jury appeared to be the outcome again late Thursday afternoon in former forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin’s sexual assault trial.

Just after 4 p.m., following about 12 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury sent a note from the foreperson to Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes, which read “We the jury have made every effort to reach a unanimous verdict and cannot.”

After debate with both sides’ counsel, Hughes read the jury a standard exhortation to keep deliberating and make their best effort to reach a unanimous verdict.

For the rest of the article follow the link: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Levin+jurors+struggle+unanimous+verdict/9642904/story.html

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Day old article from the CBC:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/jury-considers-aubrey-levin-s-fate-after-psychiatrist-s-sex-assault-retrial-1.2578995

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From the Calgary Sun, by Kevin Martin:

Jurors deciding the fate of convicted sex offender Dr. Aubrey Levin spent another night in a city hotel after failing to reach a verdict Thursday.

The five-woman, seven-man jury ended deliberations just before 9 p.m. despite earlier telling Justice Beth Hughes they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Hughes received a note from the jury around 4 p.m. indicating they couldn’t come to a consensus.

The Court of Queen’s Bench judge asked jurors deliberating Levin’s case to continue to try to come to a consensus.

Hughes decided to “exhort” jurors to come to a decision, but said if they can’t she has the power to declare a mistrial.

For the rest – http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/03/21/jury-cant-decide–no-consensus-in-trial-of-shrink-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-patients

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Also from the Sun, “Obstruction Case against wife of Dr. Aubrey Levin has been postponed”:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/03/19/obstruction-case-against-wife-of-dr-aubrey-levin-has-been-postponed

Looks like the man will get away…..and those who will let him go will get his “gratitude” as he will sue against the province.

Time the jurors read Barbara Oakley’s “Pathological Altruism.” Showing mercy to a sick psycho does not change or redeem him, it gives him power to lash back. Machiavellians never change. They can only pretend.

It only sadly reminds us how little the sexual abuse of men count in our society. Had even a single one of those he touched been a woman, even if the woman may have been a cold-blooded murderer, you’d have seen how all the white-knights and feminist groups would have convened, protested, gone berserk and had the “dirty shock-doc” convicted.

But he abused men.

In our politically-correct society, that no longer matters any more. Men who are victims of sexual crimes – in whatever form – are now second class citizens of the system. Q.E.D.

 

But of course! “Victims lied or exaggerated,” claims Levin’s lawyer.

Kevin Martin reports the latest from the case. Direct link here:

http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/03/19/levins-lawyer-claims-alleged-victims-lied-or-exaggerated

One alleged victim’s a liar and the other an embellisher, the lawyer for psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin said Tuesday.

Defence counsel Chris Archer said the testimony of two men accusing Levin of sexually abusing them as patients can’t be trusted.

Archer said one, who claimed Levin fondled him at his Peter Lougheed Centre office, made the story up to gain financially.

And as for the second complainant, Archer said the patient misinterpreted Levin’s actions when the doctor examined his penis after the man mentioned he had a mole.

“It was a valid and necessary screen for cancer,” the lawyer said…..

For the rest of the article, follow the link.

And of course, Greefswald, conversion therapies, and other atrocities in the SADF etc. did not happen at all.  All the victims for decades have been lying and exaggerating. That is the only explanation. Even the articles in a reputed newspaper like the UK Guardian are lies and exaggerations. The doc is as pure as the milky white snow of the Canadian winter.

March 2014 Update on the case

From the Calgary Herald. Original article here: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Former+forensic+psychiatrist+Aubrey+Levin+will+testify+sexual+assault+trial/9619642/story.html

A jury will not hear from the former forensic psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two male patients under his care.

Defence lawyer Chris Archer, who represents Aubrey Levin, advised Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Beth Hughes on Friday that he will call no evidence on behalf of his client.

Two men testified during the two-week trial that Levin, 74, fondled their genitals during appointments at his office in Peter Lougheed Centre in 2009.

They also testified at the opening trial in 2012 that resulted in a hung jury.

The trial continues Tuesday with final arguments.

Hughes will give final instructions to the jury Wednesday.

dslade@calgaryherald.com

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald
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Earlier from the Calgary Sun: 
“Witness describes alleged sexual assault at trial of noted psychiatrist Dr. Aubrey Levin”
 
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Note: I am often e-mailed information about the case from people who say they know a lot and/or have written to higher-up government officials about their own experiences directly with Levin. The reason I refrain from publishing that information here, is
(a) This is an ongoing case and for the sake of the jury and legal issues, such information should not be printed here, whether true or rumoured.
(b) This site is to ask questions, raise awareness, and document the infamous conduct of Dr. Levin both regarding his past in South Africa and his present charges in Canada, as well as similar crimes. It is always, always correct to place legitimate information regarding the case written by professional journalists in legitimate publications. It is their job to investigate and write, while it is the job of those with information to pass on their leads to journalists and let them take it from there.
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In the near future, I hope to provide links to legitimate organizations set up to help victims of conversion therapy, abuse by psychiatrists who misused their power and abuse by clinical narcissists. But apart from the “how” of healing, I’m also  interested on the “why” of the reason Machiavellians and white-collar psychopaths can get away with crimes like these.

Technicalities, Excuses & Legal Loopholes as Levin’s case plods on

The duo who had shown no mercy or ethics in the treatment of homosexuals in the South African Defence Force, no respect for others’  legal rights when his patients were molested by him, and no sense of law and order while trying to bribe a juror, now have managed to get their lawyer to pull every legal loophole to be free, and hold up their rights, their “pain”.

And, of course, our dear Canada, with its red carpet treatment to bullies and those who know how to use its govt. system, will bestow upon this lovely couple whatever the duo wish …..I am quite certain in a few years Dr. Levin may even be eligible for the Order of Canada for his selfless service to this country, for his remarkable human rights record and honourable messiah-like work in South Africa……and anyone who called him out will be banished from this kingdom, or even arrested, for daring to call a sick abuser a “sick abuser.” Amen.

Latest developments in the case:

From the CBC:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/erica-levin-in-court-over-charge-she-tried-to-bribe-husband-s-juror-1.2503844

The lawyer representing a woman accused of trying to bribe a jurorat her husband’s trial wants to talk to the other jurors.

Last year Aubrey Levin was found guilty of sexually assaulting three former male patients.

During the trial a juror had to be excused after she told the judge she had been approached by Levin’s wife Erica and offered cash for an acquittal.

Erica Levin was charged with obstruction of justice.

Before the Crown begins presenting evidence, Erica Levin’s lawyer is asking the judge for the names and contact information of the other jurors.

Alberta’s Jury Act discourages personal information from being shared.

From the Calgary Sun: “Defence eyes juror interviews in case of Calgary senior accused of attempted bribery during husband’s trial”

The lawyer for a Calgary senior charged with attempting to bribe a juror in her husband’s sex assault trial wants to interview other jury members.

Defence counsel Michael Bates argued Monday the remaining 11 jurors could have information to shed light on the case of Erica Levin.

Bates told Justice Sheilah Martin that without the ability to quiz the remaining jurors, who later convicted Levin’s husband Dr. Aubrey Levin of sexually abusing patients, his client wouldn’t get a fair trial.

He wants Martin to order Crown prosecutor Brian Holtby to disclose the remaining jurors’ contact information to the defence, or make the clerk’s office provide it.

For the rest of the article, follow this link: http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/01/20/defence-eyes-juror-interviews-in-case-of-calgary-senior-accused-of-attempted-bribery-during-husbands-trial

And….drum-roll, please. Of course, victory for the Levins! Maybe he can become the next mayor of Calgary? He can “examine” his electorate thoroughly with his bare hands, while Toronto mayor Rob Ford applauds him and snorts crack-cocaine. Go Canada!

“Minor victory for accused in Calgary jury bribery case” 

BY  ,CALGARY SUN

FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 05:20 PM MST | UPDATED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 05:28 PM MST

The lawyer for a Calgary woman charged with bribing a juror in her husband’s sex-assault trial who wants to talk to other jury members won a partial victory Tuesday.

Justice Sheilah Martin agreed the Crown would have to provide the identity of one of the remaining jurors to defence counsel Michael Bates, because the woman was on the same C-Train platform where the alleged crime took place…..

For the rest of the article: http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/01/21/minor-victory-for-accused-in-calgary-jury-bribery-case

Warning: The following picture may be offensive to some as it shows a couple of pathological narcissists and white collar psychopaths who walk away free while many of their victims from decades ago have been damaged for life. But of course, in the eyes of the law, the rights of these two specimens matter more in Canada than the rights of those without money and power, and of course of those who were gay and thereby “deserved” to be tortured by this specimen.

Canada, you always claim, often wrongly, a misplaced “moral superiority” over the United States, but this is a shame, a travesty on your part. Even the U.S. finally convicted Jerry Sandusky.

For decades you gave a safe haven to this torturer who was wanted in South Africa for his crimes against humanity, but – no – you gave him his freedom, his license to practice medicine, a professorship and a lot more. Those who were complicit in this injustice, I wonder how you sleep peacefully at night. But, ah, oh well – anyone who has read the books of the brilliant Dr. Robert Hare (Without Conscience” and “Snakes in Suits- When Psychopaths go to work”) or his papers  know exactly why…..or more precisely, understand how you could sleep. And we shake our heads at the injustices that go unpunished in this world.

No words. In advance, for we can slowly see what the final outcome of this case may be. Any bets that Levin will then sue the Alberta govt. and wish to be paid by our tax money for the “injustices” perpetrated on him? I wouldn’t put it past this specimen.

Dr. Aubrey Levin