With Ontario Court Judge Timothy Lipson ruling Thursday that the trial of two senior political aides to former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty in connection with the gas plants scandal will continue, some perspective is in order.

Whether David Livingston and Laura Miller are guilty on the remaining charges they face of attempting to commit mischief (which Lipson downgraded from mischief) and illegal use of a computer, regarding the destruction of government documents, is the judge’s decision.

The Crown previously withdrew the most serious charge — breach of trust — saying there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.

Judge Lipson rejected a defence motion calling for a directed verdict on the remaining charges — similar to what happened in the Sudbury by-election bribery trial.

In that case, the defence motion was successful.


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