Our Monday medley recaps new and recent legal stories you might have missed, including a lawsuit against every gay person on Earth and the potential sentence for a military masquerade.
Fake veteran faces the music
A Remembrance Day fraudster who incited a furor over “stolen valour” may get an extended grace period.
“Serjeant” Franck Gervais was due for sentencing Monday on charges of falsely wearing a military uniform. He caught Canada-wide flak and even received death threats after he wore a military uniform and unearned medals to Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa last November.
Gervais, who never actually served in the military, spoke to a TV reporter about his combat experience.
Eagle-eyed viewers complained about his oddly mismatched uniform and police launched a complaint.
He pleaded guilty to illegally wearing a military uniform and medals. However, his lawyer plans to request an adjournment of today’s sentencing.
Despite the uproar, he likely won’t face a stiff sentence; that charge calls for a maximum six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both. Since he pleaded guilty, he’ll likely get off lighter.
Noisy 91-year-old gets electric chair
The Quebec senior who faced a $148 ticket for her noisy rocking chair is making out like a bandit.
Cops in Saguenay, Que., fined 91-year-old Yvette Vachon after a neighbour complained about her noisy rocking chair and TV. The red-faced city cancelled the fine after some media mockery and Vachon got a sweet new seat from the deal.
A Norwegian furniture company saw a good publicity angle in the story and supplied her with a free electric recliner valued at $2,500.
"It's very comfortable — and very quiet," Vachon told CBC News.
Lawsuit against all gays didn’t have a prayer
Members of Canada’s — indeed the world’s — gay community caught a break last week when a U.S. judge quashed a lawsuit against every homosexual on Earth.
Nebraska crusader Sylvia Ann Driskell filed the suit, hilariously titled Driskell v. Homosexuals, “on behalf of God and his Son, Jesus Christ.”
Not surprisingly, the suit failed on multiple fronts, including the lack of jurisdiction and lack of any legal argument; the handwritten seven-page complaint consists mostly of Biblical verses condemning homosexuality.
The judge also noted that Driskell didn’t seek any damages, injunctions or relief against homosexuals, also an important part of a lawsuit.