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

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

Global News & Claude Adams make an excellent assessment of Levin’s timeline

Kudos to journalist Claude Adams for writing an impeccable, well-researched and concise yet comprehensive article on Levin’s present and past . The article is featured in Global News Canada.

For the full article please click here: http://globalnews.ca/news/541532/timeline-dr-aubrey-levin/

An excerpt:

The Calgary judge who sentenced Dr. Aubrey Levin to five years in prison for sexual assault used blunt language in her summation. Justice Donna Shelley said Levin was guilty of “horrible violations of trust” and that he had acted in a “predatory” manner.

Which leaves an important question unanswered: how did Levin manage to operate under the radar in Alberta for 12 years —trusted by justice officials, the academic community and the body that licenses doctors? As crown prosecutor William Wister said in an interview after the trial: “it’s a question of, does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?”

Calgary lawyer Richard Edwards, who represents one of Levin’s accusers, says authorities should have taken a closer look at Levin’s track record, both in Canada and in his native south Africa—a background that raises a number of “red flags” about his medical ethics and practices.

A timeline of the Aubrey Levin story highlights some of those red flags.

June 10, 1964: Aubrey Levin registers as a medical practitioner with the South African Medical and Dental Council.

Feb, 28, 1968: A 29-year-old Dr. Aubrey Levin submits a handwritten letter to the Secretary of the South African Parliament in Cape Town, asking to appear before the Select Committee on the Immorality Amendment Act, to offer his proposals on how to “treat” homosexuals and lesbians. “The problem of sexual deviation,” he writes, “requires re-evaluation; without encouraging an unnatural extention (sic) of this problem, it would be better contained and treated by the doctor (rather than by imprisonment).”

1969: Levin registers with the South African Medical and Dental Council as a “specialist psychiatrist.”

1969—1974: Dr. Levin joins the South African Defence Force as a psychiatrist, principal grade, with the rank of Colonel. In 1971, he is named Team Leader in the SADF’s Drug Rehabilitation Program at One Military Hospital, in Pretoria. It is here that Levin develops his aversion therapy techniques for so-called “deviant” conscripts—recruits who are identified as homosexual or who smoked marijuana. The therapy includes exposure to electro-shock, and drug treatment. Dr. Levin also sporadically visits a military detention camp in northern South Africa, called Greefswald, a camp with a notorious reputation for the harsh treatment of conscripts.

1975—1995: Dr. Levin holds various hospital positions, along with consultancies, and for seven years, is Director of Mental Health in the Department of Health Services and Welfare.

…….(contd.)

For the rest of the detailed article go here: http://globalnews.ca/news/541532/timeline-dr-aubrey-levin/

Once again, when systems we are supposed to trust, instead shield or ignore criminal individuals, it is up to independent objective investigative journalism to bring out the facts, if only for the sake of truth, and perhaps, in the hope of some elusive justice for the victims.

Thanks to Claude and Global News for writing this – something which the Canadian government, judicial system and academia should have looked into a long time back.

Please spread the link.