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.