By KEVIN MARTIN, Calgary Sun
Last Updated: August 23, 2010 5:06pm
Videotape involving a suspected white supremacist charged with assaulting a cameraman at an anti-racism rally does little to shed light on the case, his representative said Monday.
Student-at-Law Shamsher Kothari said he and defence counsel Adriano Iovinelli have reviewed the footage supplied by the Crown.
“We received what we were looking for, which is a video, and the video doesn’t help, or hurt the file,” Kothari told provincial court Judge Bruce Millar.
Kothari said the defence team is still in discussions with Crown prosecutor Harout Haladjian to determine if the case can be resolved without a trial.
William Kaiser Miettinen is charged with assaulting a photographer with a weapon, his skateboard, at an anti-racism rally in Calgary last March.
At his bail hearing shortly after his arrest, the prosecution alleged Miettinen attacked photographer Jason Beers when his picture was taken.
The incident occurred during an anti-racism rally in response to a white supremacist march.
Miettinen told court he wasn’t part of the racist group, despite allegations he ripped open his shirt to display what the Crown said were white supremacist tattoos.
“I’m not a skinhead,” Miettinen said at the time.
“I was not part of that (neo-Nazi) demonstration,” he said.
Miettinen said the chest tattoo he displayed to demonstrators isn’t a white supremacist symbol, but simply a Celtic cross.
Kothari told Millar there may be other footage of the incident and he may ask Haladjian for further disclosure.
The judge said any such request should be made by the end of the week.
Miettinen, who is free on bail, did not attend the court proceeding.
The case returns to court on Sept. 7.Willis, a man who seems have a severe allergy when it comes to t-shirts.
We actually do agree with Willis. He's not a skinhead. Skinheads aren't racists, as our friends here will tell you. But when he then tries to claim that he isn't racist and not associated with the Aryan Guard, well....