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