Terrence Tremaine - Former university lecturer in court to schedule date for hearing on charge of promoting hatred

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Former university lecturer in court to schedule date for hearing on charge of promoting hatred

By Leader-Post staff

November 27, 2009

REGINA — Former university lecturer Terrence Cecil Tremaine made a brief Regina Provincial Court appearance on Thursday to schedule a date for the completion of his preliminary hearing on a charge of promoting hatred.

The 61-year-old also learned Victoria lawyer Doug Christie — who told the court he has, to date, been paying out of his own pocket — will receive funding from the province as court-appointed counsel.

The hearing, which began in October and was adjourned to this week, will now continue on March 8. Four days are set aside that week in the hopes that the hearing will wrap up at that time.

Judge Bruce Henning will then have to decide whether the Crown has sufficient evidence to proceed to trial at Court of Queen's Bench.

Details from the preliminary hearing can't be reported because of a court-imposed publication ban.

On Thursday, far-right activist, Paul Fromm with the Canadian Association for Free Expression, drew criticism from Crown prosecutor John Stoesser for allegedly breaching conditions of that ban through an Internet posting. Fromm has been present in the courtroom gallery throughout much of the hearing.

Henning reminded Fromm about the publication ban. The judge said he'd leave it up to the Crown to decide whether to pursue contempt charges, and advised Fromm to speak to a lawyer if he has any questions or concerns.

Two years ago, Fromm made the news himself when he was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages for defamatory Internet postings against an Ottawa anti-racism campaigner.

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