MONTREAL — A Superior Court judge told a Montreal police officer charged in an illegal bookmaking case that he should look into whether his rights are being violated in having to wait more than two years for his trial.
Justice Marc David made the comments Monday during a hearing at the Laval courthouse where the judge raised his voice at least a few times. David, the co-ordinating judge for Quebec’s Superior Court at 16 provincial courthouses, expected to set a trial date for André Thibodeau, 51, a Montreal police sergeant when he was arrested and suspended in January 2015, and Natalino Paccione, 62, of Laval.
Both men were alleged to be the leaders in a bookmaking ring uncovered by a Montreal police internal affairs investigation. Ten people in all were charged but Thibodeau and Paccione remain the only people who have cases pending.
Since March 31 last year, six men charged in the case have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bookmaking charges. Sentences have ranged from discharges, for two men, to one year of probation for three others who also agreed to donate $10,000 each to charity. Details presented during their sentencing hearings are currently under a publication ban. Charges against two other accused were withdrawn on Aug. 25.
Thibodeau and Paccione were the only two people accused in the case charged with committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal organization, commonly referred to as gangsterism.