Attorney General wont say y convicted in wake of 2010 Toronto gang sweep
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#1 Dec 29, 2012
Attorney General wont say how many convicted in wake of 2010 Toronto gang sweep
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Toronto police typically arent shy when it comes to announcing how many arrests were made and charges laid after one of their anti-gang sweeps.
But its a different story when the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General is asked for a status update on the most recent major initiative targeting gangs, May 2010s Project Corral.
Back then, police provided a list of 67 names, with ages and hometowns of each of the accused except for those under 18 and the total of 457 charges they faced.
Yet when the Star asked the Attorney General for a tally of how many convictions have been registered to date, the paper was told that due to privacy concerns in YCJA (Youth Criminal Justice Act) matters, as well as publication bans in certain cases, it would be inappropriate to provide the lists of convictions and dispositions as requested.
Critics say these costly, large-scale gang projects are unwieldy and that many accused walk away without their charges sticking. How many this time? The ministry refuses to say.
With no update available, a Star analysis of reports shows there are about two dozen accused gang leaders, most still in custody, who are awaiting trial in the new year.
In December, two Project Corral defendants were found guilty in Superior Court, one of importing cocaine, the other of possessing a firearm.
What happened to the roughly 40 other accused remains a mystery
#2 Dec 29, 2012
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