There’s another strange twist in the ongoing saga of ex-Hollywood star Randy Quaid’s pursuit to become a Canadian citizen, plus a bizarre court defence in this week’s roundup of weird legal stories.
Randy Quaid released
Quaid was recently released from a Montreal jail on a $10,000 bond following his arrest last week by Canadian border cops, in connection with a warrant for missing an Immigration and Refugee Board interview.
The Oscar-nominated actor, probably best known for his role in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, put his acting career on hold in 2010 to concentrate on his side project of spiraling into insanity.
In 2010, he and his wife sought refugee status in Canada, pleading for protection from mysterious “star whackers,” a shadowy cabal apparently murdering actors.
He later applied for permanent residency status, but the claim was rejected. His whereabouts were unknown since skipping his IRB appointment in 2013. Earlier this year, he surfaced online in a bizarre video where he rants about Hollywood conspiracies, then has sex with his Canadian wife while she wears a Rupert Murdoch mask.
He’s under a removal order from Canada, but hasn’t actually been told to leave.
Tips for a genuine marriage
It’s probably a real challenge for immigration officials to gauge whether a marriage is the real deal or a sham to help someone obtain residency or citizenship.
Fortunately, the government has produced a handy list of obvious red flags that indicate a fake marriage. Among those:
- Chinese nationals, often university students, marrying non-Chinese;
- In photos, the couple does not kiss on the lips;
- There are no ‘diamond’ rings;
- A private wedding reception officiated by a minister or justice of the peace;
- A informal wedding reception, probably in a restaurant;
- The couple doesn’t take a honeymoon.
These are just a few of the obvious signs of sham marriages included in a government training document obtained by immigration lawyer Steven Meurrens.
The document dates back to 2007, so we can only hope government attitudes have evolved a bit since then.
Judge rejects unusual sex-assault defence
A P.E.I. judge rejected a man’s novel defence that the disgusting sexual assaults on his ex-partner’s kids were part of his job as a parent.
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Gordon Campbell said it was “incredible and unbelievable” that the man, who remains unidentified, said he was just being a good dad when he performed “checkups” on the three young girls.
Those checkups included inspections of their genitals, which he said was done at the mother’s request.
The girls said he also pretended to rape them as some demented self-defence effort.
He was found guilty on eight of nine charges, and is due for sentencing in September.