The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the Crown’s appeal of a B.C. court decision that acquitted a protester of criminal contempt for participating in a blockade around old-growth logging on Vancouver Island.
In its decision Thursday, the country’s highest court dismissed prosecutors’ appeal application and awarded costs to the demonstrator, who now uses the name Emily Henderson.
As is customary, the high court did not provide reasons for its ruling.
Henderson was cleared of contempt in February when a B.C. Supreme Court found RCMP officers only read a shortened version of an injunction to hundreds of protesters, including Henderson, who were arrested at the Fairy Creek logging blockade on southern Vancouver Island.
Justice Douglas Thompson ruled the abbreviated script used by the
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