Aubrey Levin’s wife Erica Levin gets conditional sentence for bribery attempt of juror

Erica Levin will receive an 18-month conditional sentence with house arrest and 180 hours of community service for her failed attempt at bribing a juror at her infamous husband’s trial.

All the details are in the following links:

The Calgary Herald with full details: http://calgaryherald.com/news/crime/erica-levin-faces-jail-for-attempting-to-bribe-juror-at-husbands-sex-trial

…..Saying she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression at the time of the incident, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Horner handed the 72-year-old woman an 18-month conditional sentence with house arrest and 180 hours of community service.

Horner called Ms. Levin’s crime “selfish” and “reckless.”

“The emotional distress the juror was put through was no fault of her own,” said Horner. “She said after speaking to Ms. Levin she was in such shock she had to get away from the court house and go home. She reported it to the judge after the weekend.

“I do not accept that trying to bribe a juror is the same as trying to bribe a witness. A juror is one of 12 judges. To single out a juror is the same as trying to bribe a judge.”….(contd. in the above link)

From Global News Canada (contains video): http://globalnews.ca/news/2001222/woman-gets-18-month-conditional-sentence-after-bribing-juror-in-husbands-trial/

From the French CBC Radio-Canada: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/alberta/2015/05/16/001-peine-sursis-erica-levin.shtml

From the English CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/erica-levin-not-going-to-prison-for-trying-to-bribe-juror-at-husband-s-sex-assault-trial-1.3076386

From the Calgary Sun: http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/05/15/wife-of-disgraced-calgary-doctor-escapes-jail-time-after-attempt-to-bribe-juror-during-husbands-sexual-assault-trial

President Obama Calls for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth

If there was any doubt that the “conversion” process Aubrey Levin was imparting in South Africa was evil, or that such practices are criminal – please note that this is a topic taken seriously even by the highest govt. authorities. Justice Canada, are you listening? Once again, how could you let a known criminal like “Dr.” Levin enter Canada and give him a medical license to practice and a professorship?

President Obama Calls for End to ‘Conversion’ Therapies for Gay and Transgender Youth – The New York Times, April 8, 2015

The following is the text from the original article by Michael D. Shear published in The New York Times and can be accessed by clicking on this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/09/us/politics/obama-to-call-for-end-to-conversion-therapies-for-gay-and-transgender-youth.html?_r=0

Obana

WASHINGTON — A 17-year-old transgender youth, Leelah Alcorn, stunned her friends and a vast Internet audience in December when she threw herself in front of a tractor-trailer after writing in an online suicide note that religious therapists had tried to convert her back to being a boy.

In response, President Obama is calling for an end to such therapies aimed at “repairing” gay, lesbian and transgender youth. His decision on the issue is the latest example of his continuing embrace of gay rights.

In a statement that was posted on Wednesday evening alongside a WhiteHouse.gov petition begun in honor of Ms. Alcorn, Mr. Obama condemned the practice, sometimes called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy, which is supported by some socially conservative organizations and religious doctors.

The petition has received more than 120,000 signatures in three months.

In an interview on Wednesday, Ms. Jarrett said Mr. Obama had been moved by the story of Ms. Alcorn’s suicide. But she said the problem went far beyond Ms. Alcorn.

“It was tragic, but I will tell you, unfortunately, she has a lot of company,” Ms. Jarrett said. “It’s not the story of one young person. It is the story of countless young people who have been subjected to this.”

Mr. Obama will not explicitly call for a federal law banning therapists from using such therapies on their patients, but he is open to conversations with lawmakers in both parties, White House officials said on Wednesday. Instead, he will throw his support behind the efforts to ban the practice at the state level.

Mr. Obama began his national political career opposed to gay marriage and accepting of limits on gays’ serving in the military. But he now supports same-sex marriage and has sought greater equality of treatment for gay men and lesbians in the government and the private work force. In his first term, he pushed the Pentagon to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that had kept gay service members from serving openly.

On Wednesday, Mr. Obama’s top aides also heralded new protections for gay federal workers that went into effect this week. Last summer, Mr. Obama issued executive orders to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation by federal contractors.

Officials also announced the creation of an “all-gender restroom” in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where many of the White House staff members work, to provide an additional option for transgender individuals who are not comfortable using either the men’s or women’s restrooms.

Therapists who advocate the use of the gender identity therapies promote them as a way of helping gay people change their sexual orientation. Those therapists reject claims that sexual orientation or identity is unchangeable and argue that gay or transgender identities should be reversed so that people can embrace their “authentic” heterosexual selves.

“So-called ‘conversion therapy’ is a range of dangerous and discredited practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression,” the group said in a statement.

In Ms. Jarrett’s letter, which was posted on WhiteHouse.gov, the White House says that stopping the gender identity therapies will help make the United States a more welcoming place for gay people.

“Tonight, somewhere in America, a young person, let’s say a young man, will struggle to fall to sleep, wrestling alone with a secret he’s held as long as he can remember,” the statement says. “Soon, perhaps, he will decide it’s time to let that secret out. What happens next depends on him, his family, as well as his friends and his teachers and his community. But it also depends on us — on the kind of society we engender, the kind of future we build.”

David Pickup, a licensed family therapist in California and Texas, said in an interview on Wednesday that the president and gay rights advocates were purposely misconstruing the work that he and others do. He said that minors should never be forced into therapy, but he insisted that being gay was often brought about by serious emotional problems or sexual abuse.

“We believe that change is still possible. People go to therapy because they can change, because it really does work,” Mr. Pickup said. “We help people grow into their authentic selves.”

Mr. Pickup said he and others were actively lobbying against the proposed state bans, and he urged Mr. Obama to “wake up and understand the rights of people who he doesn’t know anything about and need his help and need his compassion.”


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Latest update on Erica Levin’s bribery case and latest round of excuses

From the Calgary Sun. Link to the main article here: http://www.calgarysun.com/2015/03/27/calgary-courtroom-told-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-behind-attempt-by-erica-levin-to-bribe-juror

Calgary courtroom told post-traumatic stress disorder behind attempt by Erica Levin to bribe juror

– Kevin Martin kevin.martin@sunmedia.ca

FIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 10:03 PM MDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 10:13 PM MDT

The wife of disgraced court doctor Aubrey Levin was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she attempted to bribe a juror in his trial, court heard Thursday.

Psychiatrist Dr. Mansfield Mela testified he determined the Calgary woman was also suffering from major depression, in part for her husband’s prosecution for sexually assaulting male patients.

Mela said Levin, 71, was on antidepressants at the time of her husband’s prosecution, but the medication wasn’t working properly when she offered cash to a juror.

“She needed an adjustment after the offence, which seemed to bring her back to a stable mental state,” Mela told defence counsel Michael Bates.

Levin was found guilty last October of attempted obstruction for trying to bribe a juror in her husband’s trial.

The juror testified she was approached by the woman on a CTrain platform across from the Calgary Courts Centre.

She told court Levin said “here, a thousand dollars, please don’t find my husband guilty,” as she held out a thick white envelope.”

The juror was ultimately dismissed from the case after disclosing the incident to Justice Donna Shelley, while her colleagues went on to find Aubrey Levin guilty of molesting three male patients.

He is currently serving a five-year prison term on three charges he sexually assaulted male patients at his office at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

One of those patients secretly videotaped the abuse using a spy camera watch, leading to his successful prosecution.

A date to continue Erica Levin’s sentencing hearing will be set May 1.

Aubrey Levin’s bid to appeal sex assault convictions denied by Supreme Court

Link below from the CBC which in the last week has been riddled with its own top-star’s scandal, as more and more women are coming out with stories of violent sexualized encounters with the CBC’s former golden boy Jian Ghomeshi. (And yes, it did bring back memories for me of the emails I received last year from the brave women who had written about the public persona vs private conduct of a certain Toronto psychiatrist (not Levin) who also had a gig with the CBC, although for the benefit of fact, I will say that those revelations, though dark, definitely did not involve hitting, slapping, biting or anything that physically hurtful and violent. This is not to minimize the pain suffered or its nature.)

In any case, as in the case of Levin or others in positions of power within their respective fields – it goes to show that smiling, charming, seemingly kind and “intellectual” public personas have little to do with the stark contrasts people may exhibit or possess behind closed doors. The hypocrisy of narcissists.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/aubrey-levin-s-bid-to-appeal-sex-assault-convictions-denied-by-supreme-court-1.2810573

The Supreme Court of Canada has shut the door on a psychiatrist’s request to appeal three convictions for sexually assaulting his court-appointed patients.

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

He had asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his convictions, but that request has been denied.

As always, the top court did not give reasons for its decision.

Allegations against Levin came to light in 2010 after (read more)

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.

“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

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