CBC NEWSWORLD Sharpe stung by backlash on porn ruling

Sharpe stung by backlash on porn ruling
WebPosted Tue Jan 19 23:05:55 1999

VANCOUVER -Robin Sharpe is feeling the heat from the growing backlash against a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Criminal Code provision on possessing child pornography.

Last week, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Duncan Shaw ruled that possession of child pornography should not be a crime. He said a law making possession a crime violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The ruling was made in regards to a case involving John Sharpe who was charged after police raided his home, in Surrey, in 1995. They seized CDs, pictures and writings about child pornography.

Sharpe defended himself in the case. He argued the sections of the code dealing with the possession of pornography violate his rights of privacy and freedom.

For days after the ruling, comments made by Sharpe ran in the media and now Sharpe has become a target.

Sharpe, said he has received a threatening phone call from a woman who said, "you don't know what's in store for you." Also, a warning poster has gone up in his neighbourhood.

The poster says Robin John Sharpe was quoted in a newspaper as saying sex with children is acceptable if there is consent. It warns people to watch out for him.

The British Columbia government is going to appeal a controversial court ruling on child pornography. In Ottawa, federal Justice Minister Anne McLellan is promising to defend the law. She says the whole matter could end up before the Supreme Court.

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