The family of the man allegedly murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta wants certain exhibits that are evidence in their son’s death to remain under wraps permanently.
Lawyers and the judge who will oversee Mr. Magnotta’s trial for first-degree murder sifted through various legal motions Thursday.
Mr. Magnotta is accused of killing university student Jun Lin, 33, in May 2012. The Chinese national was studying engineering at Concordia University.
Diran Lin, the victim’s father, wants the court to ensure some exhibits are not made public in any way.
“Those exhibits should not be distributed or published or reproduced because they, in our view, represent obscene materials,” said Benoît Lapointe, Diran Lin’s lawyer.
“We don’t want this material to ever be made available to the public or ever be made accessible.”
Those exhibits were presented under a publication ban at a lower-court hearing to determine whether Mr. Magnotta, 32, would stand trial.
Mark Bantey, a lawyer representing several media organizations, said outside the courtroom his clients are in agreement with the family on some exhibits.
But they are disputing that all of the ones presented by Mr. Lin’s family qualify as obscene.
“Other exhibits are not obscene,” Mr. Bantey said. “They may be shocking, but they are not obscene and they should be made public.”
Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer, who will oversee the trial, deferred his ruling to a later date.
The court has been hearing several pre-trial motions before the highly anticipated trial. Jury selection is slated to begin Sept. 8.
Judge Cournoyer told lawyers Thursday he expects the process of finding a bilingual jury will take some time. As a result, evidence is now expected to be heard beginning Sept. 22, one week later than originally planned.
The trial is believed to last between six and eight weeks.
In July, the judge rejected a motion by Luc Leclair, Mr. Magnotta’s to have all evidence at the trial fall under a publication ban.
However, he did maintain a publication ban on the reporting of any evidence that is currently being heard during the various motions or has already been heard and could be presented before the jury.
In addition to the charge of killing Mr. Lin, Mr. Magnotta is accused of: committing an indignity to a body; publishing obscene material; criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament; and mailing obscene and indecent material.
He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Mr. Magnotta was in court on Thursday, sporting short cropped hair and a moustache, and dressed in a neon pink T-shirt. He also appeared much heavier than when he was arrested in Berlin in 2012, after being spotted at an Internet café looking at articles on his crime.
He listened impassively to the legal arguments from the prisoner’s box.
I’m not even going to post the articles from last night regarding Luka and letters. That news is so 2 years ago. The letters were not even confirmed to be legitimate, I’ve had pictures of them since 2 years ago, and the blog they mentioned has been inactive forever. Stop it media, just stop it.
If you click to the third one “Attends High School” It says he graduated in 2000. It would be awesome if you found the picture!
Does your school have past graduating classes photos on the wall? Send pics I need content lol