Witness to talk via video linkup
A Mexican witness in a cocaine-smuggling case won’t have to worry about braving Canada’s cold winter, the Crown said yesterday.
Prosecutor Dan Misutka said he will be applying to have the unidentified witness testify via video link from Puerto Vallarta, sparing him a trip to the Great White North.
But the defence lawyer in the case isn’t exactly warming up to the idea.
“It’s difficult enough to cross-examine a witness through a translator – you lose that spontaneity that’s often essential,” Pat Fagan told the Sun. “Here you add the additional barrier of a video.”
Fagan’s client faces charges of importing cocaine and possessing the drug for the purpose of trafficking.
Patrick C. Fagan is a highly accomplished lawyer with an impressive career spanning over 35 years in the legal field.