Terry Clackson Biography
Terry Clackson is a Justice of the Court of Alberta who released a decision on Thursday, September 19th acquitting a couple charged in the death of their son. He sided with the defense’s medical expert over Dr. Bamidele Adeagbo, a forensic pathologist who speaks with a thick Nigerian accent.
BREAKING: We have just filed a complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council respecting Justice Terry Clackson’s surprising comments on an expert witness in the case of R v Stephan. About 40 complainants. Details to follow.
— Amir Attaran (@profamirattaran) September 26, 2019
Terry Clackson Racist Comment
Dozens of doctors, lawyers, and academics from across Canada have filed a complaint about the conduct of an Alberta judge who last week ruled a southern Alberta couple wasn’t responsible for their toddler son’s death.
Last week, Justice Terry Clackson ruled David and Collet Stephan not guilty in their 19-month-old son’s death. It was their second trial in the 2012 death of Ezekiel.
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) September 26, 2019
Queen’s Bench Justice Terry Clackson ruled last week David and Collet Stephan were not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. In 2012, the couple treated the child’s illness with herbal remedies for nearly three weeks until he stopped breathing when they summoned an ambulance.
It was the second trial for the Stephans, who in 2016 was found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life. The Supreme Court later quashed their convictions and ordered a new trial, which began in June in Lethbridge.
Juliet Guichon, a lawyer and associate professor of community health sciences at the University of Calgary, said Thursday Clackson’s written decision unjustifiably criticizes the behavior of the black medical examiner who performed an autopsy on Ezekiel and testified against the Stephans at trial.
She and 41 others have signed a complaint filed with the Canadian Judicial Council, which has the power to investigate the conduct of judges.
Judgment may be perceived as racism
— 94.1 Juice FM CJOC (@cjocfm) September 19, 2019
The complaint, co-authored by Guichon, claims Clackson “harshly mocked Dr. (Bamidele) Adeagbo’s manner of speech and accented English, and thereby inappropriately implicated his national or ethnic origin as a person of African roots.”
Alberta judge has been accused of discrimination after he “harshly mocked” an African-born doctor’s accent in a decision released last week, and now dozens of legal and medical professionals from across the country have filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Judicial Council, asking for an investigation.
Judge ‘harshly mocked’ accent
The complaint reads, “We believe that Justice Clackson’s choice of words is inappropriate, shocks the conscience, and speaking for ourselves, undermines our confidence in the administration of justice.”
Clackson “harshly mocked” Adeagbo’s manner of speech and accented English, the complaint reads.
Here is a passage from Clackson’s decision:
“His ability to articulate his thoughts in an understandable fashion was severely compromised by his garbled enunciation; his failure to use appropriate endings for plurals and past tenses; his failure to use the appropriate definite and indefinite articles; his repeated emphasis of the wrong syllables; dropping his Hs; mispronouncing his vowels; and the speed of his responses.”