I have been researching the case of Aaron LaFlam, a thirty-nine year old fraud artist and mail thief who was recently arrested, AGAIN, by the Nanaimo RCMP. According to police, “Aaron Rene LAFLAM has been charged with 3 counts of Theft of Mail, Possession of Stolen Property and Mischief in relation to damaging community mail boxes.” LaFlam appeared before a Nanaimo Provincial court judge on Monday May 30th. He has been remanded into custody to await his next court appearance.
Why is Aaron LaFlam facing provincial charges instead of federal charges?
In checking both the federal and provincial court dockets, I see Aaron LaFlam is charged in provincial court ONLY. This is crazy and wrong. Mail theft can, and should be, prosecuted as a federal crime, especially when part of a repeated pattern.
Crown Counsel has a responsibility to protect you by charging any criminal to the fullest extent of the law which the evidence will support.
It is then the job of the courts to determine guilt and sentencing. When I don’t see a federal court appearance for Aaron LaFlam, I know Crown Counsel is being lazy.
It is widely known throughout the criminal community that federal charges risk more jail time than provincial charges. Accordingly, shrewd defense lawyers like to capitalize on Crown Counsel laziness and plea bargain to avoid federal charges. That has obviously happened here.
In the past, I have been critical of the courts and of the prison system. Now, Crown Counsel is failing you too by making decisions that belong to the courts.
The foundation of the Canadian justice system is supported by four pillars.
- First, there are the police who attempt to prevent crime by catching criminals.
- Second, there is Crown Counsel whose job it is to prosecute criminals.
- Third, there are the courts whose job it is to determine guilt and to sentence criminals. After any finding of guilt, it is the court’s job to decide what sentence might be needed. The courts must issue a sentence that rehabilitates and punishes the criminal while protecting society.
- Fourth, there is the prison system which determines such items as parole.
The only people doing their job in our justice system are the police.
I have written much about the “catch and release” program of the BC courts and its leniency. You have watched criminals go free to commit murders. These weren’t just ordinary criminals. They were repeat, violent offenders deeply involved in drugs and a criminal lifestyle.
You have watched our prison system put murderers in minimum security prisons. These are often facilities that don’t even have fences.
Now, you are expected to sit quietly as Crown Counsel fails you also.
Aaron LaFlam stole mail and fraudulently cashed cheques. Think about this. There were seniors struggling to get to their cheques who arrived at their community mailbox to find out they would not eat that night.
Who is Aaron LaFlam?
Aaron LaFlam is a career criminal. Recently released from prison after doing some two years for the same types of crimes. When let out of prison, he immediately resumed where he had left off. Therefore, it is obvious that “rehabilitation” failed.
That being the case, his next sentence needs to be more severe. Accordingly, you would think Crown Counsel would bring charges that could lead to that more severe sentence. But it did not! Instead, it brought charges that are certain to lead to a lesser sentence.
A judge cannot find a defendant guilty of something with which the defendant is not charged. SHAME ON CROWN COUNSEL. YOU DESERVE BETTER REPRESENTATION.
Crown Counsel is obviously slacking and seems more interested in
- Procuring an easy conviction
- Cashing their pay cheques
- Heading out of the office
- And getting home
How do we know there was enough evidence to sustain a more severe conviction?
Reading the RCMP press release, Postal Inspectors were specifically brought in to deal with the rash of mailbox thefts. Thus, two police agencies were working this file.
There was a search warrant issued. One cannot obtain a search warrant on a whim. Accordingly, EVIDENCE of probable criminal involvement has to support the likelihood of a person having committed specific criminal acts in order to get a search warrant. That search warrant produced enough EVIDENCE to sustain an arrest.
The quality of the police work of the Nanaimo RCMP is a matter of public record, from the arrest of Peter Alexander to the conviction of Braiden Rathy. Therefore, EVIDENCE for a stronger prosecution exists and the need for that stronger prosecution is demanded by the record of Aaron LaFlam.
In order to have avoided federal charges, the defense is obviously pleading the case out. No defense attorney takes a plea bargain with less than compelling evidence against his/her client, and LaFlam is too well versed in the ins and outs of the court system to accept a plea unless he knows THE EVIDENCE IS UNDENIABLE.
I can guarantee you that there were countless hours of surveillance at a considerable cost to you. Now, Crown Counsel wants that money and time to have been wasted.
If you or a loved one uses a community mailbox, your family could be Aaron LaFlam’s next victim when he gets out within a year or so.
Call Nanaimo Crown Counsel Now at 250-741-3711
Demand It Protect You
Insist It Do Its Job
Demand Federal Charges Against Aaron LaFlam
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