Attorney General Seeks Options for Parsons's Case

Department of Justice

April 9, 2013 9:55 PM

Justice Minister Ross Landry said today, April 9, he has asked senior government officials to present options, as soon as possible, to review the Rehtaeh Parsons case.

"This situation is tragic, I am deeply saddened – as I think are all Nova Scotians – by the death of this young woman," said Mr. Landry. "As a parent, I can't imagine the pain this family is going through at this time. My thoughts are with them."

Mr. Landry said he hopes to meet with Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh's mother, to discuss her experience with the justice system.

"I know that law enforcement and the public prosecution service do their best, every day, to administer and enforce the law," said Mr. Landry. "It's important that Nova Scotians have faith in the justice system and I am committed to exploring the mechanisms that exist to review the actions of all relevant authorities to ensure the system is always working to the best of its ability, in pursuit of justice."

Mr. Landry said he has been reviewing details of the case and consulting with officials throughout the day, and expects options within the next few days.


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     Justice Minister Ross Landry has asked senior government

officials to present options, as soon as possible, to review the

Rehtaeh Parsons case.

     Mr. Landry says he am deeply saddened, as he thinks all Nova

Scotians are, by the tragic death. He says, as a parent, he

can't imagine the pain this family is going through and his

thoughts are with them.

     Mr. Landry hopes to meet with Leah Parsons, Rehtaeh's

mother, to discuss her experience with the justice system.

     He says he knows law enforcement and the public prosecution

service do their best, every day, to administer and enforce the

law. He says it's important that Nova Scotians have faith in the

justice system and he is committed to ensuring the system is

always working at its best of its ability.

     Mr. Landry says he expects options within a few days.

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