Petition resulting in a trial unlikely says police officer's lawyer & former Attorney General

It would be almost unheard of that a petition or the will of family and friends would force a trial, according to the lawyer of of the the Bathurst police officers involved in the shooting death of Tracadie businessman Michel Vienneau.

Last month a judge withdrew all charges against Constables Mathieu Boudreau and Patrick Bulger, saying the Crown failed to meet the threshold of evidence required to order a trial.

Friends and family of Vienneau launched a petition over the weekend calling on the Attorney General to order the two officers to trial.

But Boudreau's lawyer, TJ Burke, who also sat as Attorney General under the Shawn Graham government, says he can't remember any cases where the family of a victim, who did not agree with the outcome of a case, was able to persuade the Attorney General to compel a trial.

New Brunswick's assistant Attorney General said earlier this week that the file is being reviewed.


(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)