The Keith Crane Case
PART TWO: The Struggle in the Courts
Questions for Discussion
2.1. Investigations and Hearings
- What would Leonard Harvey use in deciding whether or not to hold
- Why did Keith Crane feel good that Bob Godfrey was on the case?
- In what important way is a hearing different from a trial?
- Who is the
"judge" in a Public Complaints Commission
- What three Department of Justice matters was Keith no part of?
2.2 A Criminal Trial
- How highly was Vincent Cormier rated by his boss?
- Why was there a female warder on duty that night?
- Why was the matron's testimony so important to Keith?
- What reason did the judge give for acquitting Cormier?
2.3. The Public Complaints Hearing
- How did lawyer Norm O'Brien seem to agree with Keith Crane?
- Why did penitentiary warders appear at a hearing into the behaviour
of police officers?
- How did Constable Grimes portray Keith on the night he was arrested?
- What do we learn about Carol Ann Grimes from the way she answered
Norm O'Brien's question?
2.4. Results and Outcomes
- How many issues were considered by the Complaints Commission hearing?
Which ones were decided in Keith's favour?
- Did Constables Grimes and Skaggins accept the adjudicator's decision?
What did they do?
- What major difference between a trial and a hearing did Carol Ann
Grimes mention in her letter to the editor?
- How did Keith's case change the Newfoundland Human Rights Code?
- What was Keith's reaction to seeing Phyllis Overton?
- What was Keith's most painful memory of Cormier's trial.
- What do you believe actually happened to Keith on the night of
his arrest and in the lockup the morning after?