CR police

PPS hands cell death case over to Manitoba

After a year of secrecy, the victim gets a name: Corey Rogers

The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service says a conflict of interest prevents it from providing legal advice to the Serious Incident Response Team regarding the death of Corey Rogers, 41.

This is the first official identification of Rogers since his death in a Halifax police cell on June 16, 2016. The delay constituted a level of secrecy that is unacceptable in a democracy.

Rogers, of Spryfield, had been arrested for pubic intoxication but not charged. He was well-regarded by people who posted on his Facebook page.

The PPS says it has asked its counterpart in Manitoba

Corey Rogers
Corey Rogers

to provide advice to SiRT Director Ronald J. MacDonald on whether a criminal prosecution is warranted. It’s my belief that MacDonald has wanted a prosecution since early this year, but hit a roadblock with the PPS.

From the news release: “As we examined the material being gathered by SIRT, it became apparent the prosecution service was in conflict,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “To avoid any conflict of interest or appearance of conflict, the involvement of another prosecution service is necessary to ensure public confidence in the PPS and in the administration of justice.”

You can find the full PPS news release here and in the text box below.

You can find my most recent post on this story here. For all six previous posts on Corey Rogers, click on the “CR” category at the bottom of this page.

Public Prosecution Service Calling in Manitoba to Advise SIRT Investigation
Public Prosecution Service

July 5, 2017 2:21 PM


The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service (PPS) has asked the Manitoba Prosecution Service to provide legal advice to the Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) on its ongoing investigation into a 2016 death in Halifax Regional Police cells. 

On June 16, 2016, Corey Rogers, 41, was found unresponsive in a police cell at 1:45 a.m. Emergency Heath Services were called but Mr. Rogers could not be revived. SIRT was then called in to investigate. 

The Public Prosecution Service provides legal advice to any police agency during an investigation, when requested.

“As we examined the material being gathered by SIRT, it became apparent the prosecution service was in conflict,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. “To avoid any conflict of interest or appearance of conflict, the involvement of another prosecution service is necessary to ensure public confidence in the PPS and in the administration of justice.” 

The Manitoba Crown has agreed to advise SIRT as it moves forward with its investigation and will prosecute any criminal charges that may result. 

It is common practice for prosecution services across Canada to help each other in conflict cases. Currently, for example, Nova Scotia Crown attorneys are dealing with matters in Newfoundland and New Brunswick.

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has asked the 

Manitoba Prosecution Service to provide legal advice to the Nova 

Scotia Serious Incident Response Team as it investigates a 2016 

death in Halifax Regional Police cells.

     On June 16th, 2016, 41-year-old Corey Rogers was found 

unresponsive in a police cell at 1:45 a.m. Emergency Health 

Services were called but, when resuscitation efforts were 

unsuccessful, SIRT was called in to investigate. 

     Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, says 

that as the Crown examined the material being gathered by SIRT, 

it became apparent the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service 

was in conflict. He says the involvement of another prosecution 

service was necessary to avoid a conflict of interest or any 

appearance of conflict. 

     The Manitoba Crown will advise SIRT as the investigation 

progresses and will prosecute any criminal charges which may 

result.

     It is common practice for prosecution services across 

Canada to help each other in conflict cases.

-30- 

Media Contact: Chris Hansen
              902-424-2225
              Cell: 902-430-5529 
              Email: Chris.hansen@novascotia.ca

 

0 comments on “PPS hands cell death case over to Manitoba

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: