In the end, prosecutors decided to try Regan only on a cluster of eight of the most serious charges, including rape, attempted rape and forcible confinement involving three different women.Over the course of six weeks in a Halifax courtroom in the fall of 1998, Greenspan blustered and badgered and browbeat, attacking the women’s memory of long-lost details (like the site of the gravel pit where one said Regan had raped her 42 years before), or turning another woman’s totally unrelated teenager fib (she had told school officials the lie to ensure she’d be in a class with students her own age) into incontrovertible evidence she was a liar about everything who could never be believed about anything, including whether Regan had tried to rape her. Given what we’ve seen in many more recent trials, it’s as likely Gerald Regan would be acquitted in 2018 as he was in 1998.“It’s the verdict Nova Scotians expected because we don’t expect our justice system to give us justice,” Swick wrote.
Not guilty, by the divine right of kings and premiers.”While the jury was deliberating, Rick Howe, the host of CJCH Radio’s open line program, had asked his listeners to call with their predictions on the outcome.
“The phones lit up and they didn’t stop for two hours,” Howe recalled later.
Everyone in the sterile, high-ceiling, red-bricked courtroom — Gerald Regan, his wife Carole, their six grown children, their spouses, RCMP Sgt.
Jerry Pretty, defence lawyer Eddie Greenspan, Crown prosecutor Adrian Reid, their respective legal associates and support staff, the rows of suddenly no-longer-bored-been-there-done-that reporters, the clutch of curious between-hearings lawyers and the gaggle of faithful courtroom regulars, Greenspan groupies and Regan haters, many of whom had sat through every hour of every day of this six-week trial — craned to look at the six women and four men in the jury box, trying to read the tea leaves of their faces for some sign of the outcome, waiting with a kind of desperate unease for the pregnant pause between the clerk’s question and the jury forewoman’s answer to finally end.
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Our aim is to provide an international platform where for the first time anyone interested in psychoanalysis can exchange ideas on certain topics. Α few years ago, almost every major magazine in the German-speaking world published a lead story per year on the subjects of burnout or depression.“The headline on the front page of the Perspectives section of the next day’s Halifax Daily News was almost openly dismissive of the verdict: “Meet Our O.J.: Gerald Regan” read the headline over an opinion piece by popular local columnist David Swick.We want to give our users the opportunity to read the leading article from a different point of view.With a book in mind as we were developing the symposium, the participants were invited to select any relevant topic, of their own choosing and personal interest, but that the material had to be new, original and unpublished.By the time the book was ready to be published, of course, Regan had been found not guilty on the most serious charges against him and my publisher — and my publisher’s lawyer — thought better of the title.