Alleged Winnipeg mail bomber Guido Amsel will have to wait until Thursday to find out if he’ll get an out-of-province judge for his trial.
Amsel is accused of sending bombs through the mail to local law offices last year.
His lawyer Martin Glazer asked for an out-of-province judge today, fearing a local judge won’t be impartial.
“When these bombs went off it was a highly charged atmosphere. Fear reigned. There was bombmania all over the city,” Glazer said. “Judges were on high alert, lawyers were on high alert. We think that an out-of-province judge not exposed to that atmosphere should be brought in to hear this case.”
Glazer is worried that local judges will have been emotionally impacted by the events of last summer.
“Judges are trained to disregard things but judges are human. An out-of-province judge is separated in terms of time, place and emotionalism from this particular case.”
The crown disagreed with this notion.