Posted by Phil Andrews
A story by Lawrence Martin suggests Michael Sona will not be issuing an apology in a bid to have a reduced sentence in connection with his recent conviction for electoral fraud.
Martin addresses an issue that has spurred much speculation surrounding the Sona case: will Sona go public with more information about the Pierre Poutine case in court or otherwise?
Martin asserts Sona should speak out about the case and at last publicly "name names."
Sona had raised expectations his testimony and or his defence at trial would introduce compelling and newsworthy additional context about the fraudulent robocalling in Guelph, on May 2, 2011, that advised thousands of voters to go to non-existent polling stations. But his defence saw no case presented beyond its opening and closing arguments and cross-examinations of Crown witnesses.
Whether Sona addresses the court in his October sentencing hearing and what he says if he does will be very closely watched matters politically and otherwise.
A live issue remains whether Sona might appeal his conviction. As long as that's regarded as a viable course, he'll likely be told to keep mum by his lawyer.
Ken Morgan, a fellow key member of the 2011 Guelph Conservative campaign team, has been among the possible co-conspirators suggested in the case in court.
I'm working up a column on Morgan and his local political history. It should be published later this week.