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

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

Two of a kind?

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.

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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.”

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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”.