Wow – if there was ever any doubt on the depth of depravity and narcissism that causes the Levins to not see their own darkness, the following news reports remove further doubt.
Link to the article from CBC which contains a video: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/25/calgary-aubrey-levin-trial-bribe-wife.html?cmp=rss
Wife accused of trying to bribe juror in husband’s sex assault case
The wife of a former Calgary court psychiatrist on trial for sexually assaulting patients is accused of trying to bribe a juror in her husband’s case.
Aubrey Levin, 74, is a former forensic psychiatrist who is charged with nine counts of sexual assault against male patients who had been ordered by the courts to see him.
In a letter to Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Donna Shelley, who is presiding over the trial, “Juror No. 3” wrote she was approached on the C-Train platform near the courthouse on Jan. 11 by a woman identified as Erica Levin, Aubrey Levin’s wife.
The juror explained that Erica Levin, 69, tried to hand her an envelope full of cash, asking the juror to acquit her husband.
Both Crown and defence agreed that even though the juror had done nothing wrong, it was in the court’s best interest to excuse her from the remainder of the trial.
Shelley then cited Erica Levin for contempt, and issued warrants for her arrest and for the seizure of the C-Train surveillance video.
Erica Levin arrested
Erica Levin was arrested at her home without incident and spent the night in a remand cell ahead of facing a bail hearing before Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Ron Stevens the next day. She was kept in the health wing after she collapsed.
As she walked into the courtroom, the couple, married for 45 years, blew kisses at each other.
“My concern is that she is someone hell bent on subverting a jury trial,” said Stevens after the defence had made its case for Erica Levin’s release.
“Who would have thought anyone would tamper with a jury in the first place?” said Stevens.
He compared her to a suicide bomber who has no regard for his own best interest, and then called Aubrey Levin’s trial “fragile” as a result of this incident. Stevens said the trial is “not a situation where it can afford another body blow.”
Crown attorney Brian Holtby argued Erica Levin was at risk of jeopardizing her husband’s jury trial, which had already been threatened by delays.
The Crown’s case against Erica Levin was strengthened by a Calgary Transit security video that shows the incident on the train platform, Holtby told the court.
At the end of the two-part bail hearing, the judge granted Erica Levin bail because of health concerns detailed in a letter from the Levins’ family doctor to defence lawyer Allan Fay. The concerns included depression, high blood pressure and lung ailments.
She was placed on 24-hour house arrest. Fay can now apply for the order to be lifted since the jury has been sequestered.
Criminal charges are pending and her contempt hearing has been scheduled for March 4.
From the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/01/25/aubrey-levins-wife-charged-bribe-juror_n_2552573.html
CALGARY – The wife of a psychiatrist awaiting a verdict on charges that he sexually assaulted some of his court-appointed patients is facing charges herself after a juror at the trial was allegedly offered an envelope full of cash.
Erica Levin, 69, has been charged with contempt of court and has been under 24-hour house arrest stemming from an encounter near the Calgary Courts Centre earlier this month. Police say a charge of obstruction of justice is expected to be laid early next week.
A female juror in the trial of Erica Levin’s husband, Dr. Aubrey Levin, was released from her duties after informing the court she had been approached by a woman on a transit platform and offered a white envelope containing cash.
The wife’s bail hearing heard that the attempted transaction was captured on transit video. The amount of money offered was believed to be between $1,000 and $10,000.
The information is being published now because the jury in Aubrey Levin’s trial has been sequestered for deliberations.
Erica Levin’s lawyer, Allan Fay, told reporters Friday he was arranging to have his client examined by a psychiatric expert.
“The allegation is that she approached a juror in her husband’s trial and had conversation with that juror relating to her husband’s trial and of course that’s forbidden under Canadian law,” Fay said. “Any allegation of interference with the court process, especially with a jury trial, is extremely serious.”“I’m not aware if there was an envelope of cash. I know there’s an allegation there was an envelope, but whether there was cash remains to be seen.”
Erica Levin was refused bail.
“My concern is that she is someone hell-bent on subverting a jury trial,” said Alberta Court of Queen’s Justice Ron Stevens in his decision.
“Who would have thought anyone would tamper with a jury in the first place?” he asked.
A publication ban — often imposed on bail hearings — was not put in place at Erica Levin’s hearing. She is scheduled to appear in court March 4.
The Crown prosecutor in the Aubrey Levin trial said he was surprised when the juror came forward.
“I was gobsmacked,” said Bill Wister.
Fay said he expects the 24-hour house arrest will be lifted on Monday now that her husband’s case is before a jury.
Aubrey Levin, 74, was charged in 2010 with molesting nine patients who had been under court orders to seek treatment from him.
The allegations came to light in 2010 after one of the patients came forward with secret videos he recorded during court-ordered sessions with the psychiatrist.
The videos, played in court last fall, showed the South African doctor undoing the man’s belt and jeans and appearing to fondle him.
Fay said the trial has impacted Erica Levin physically, emotionally and psychologically.
“This is a woman who for the past three years has lived with her husband through hell. Her husband faces extremely serious allegations where there’s a strong possibility he could receive a jail sentence,” Fay added.
“She’s been cut off from her friends. She hasn’t even attended her place of worship for three years. This is a woman who’s basically at the end of her rope.”
My take: “At the end of her rope,” eh? How about some empathy for the VICTIMS of his abuse, whether they are in South Africa or in Canada? It is repugnant that they led such a cushy life while carrying on their atrocities and are now embarrassed to have their crimes exposed. A lack of remorse while feeling sorry only for themselves is the true sign of sociopaths. Also: “Fay said the trial has impacted Erica Levin physically, emotionally and psychologically.” This is not even a scratch of what the real victims had felt for years, and the trauma they lived through.
We do hope justice is served for once. The US finally punished Jerry Sanduksy. I hope Canada does the same to this “shrink”.