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Friday, July 09, 2010

Braidwood commission lawyers refute Taser challenge

July 9, 2010
The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER — Lawyers for the B.C. government say weapon's maker Taser International's legal action against its commission is baseless and an abuse of process.

In a written submission to the court, government lawyer Craig Jones, says Taser is "manipulating the courts" by saying its stun gun holds no risk of death in Canada, while asserting the reverse in the United States.

Taser wants a B.C. Supreme Court judge throw out the part of Commissioner Thomas Braidwood's report that concludes the weapons can kill.

Braidwood's inquiry was called in the months after Robert Dziekanski was jolted by an RCMP Taser and died on the floor of the Vancouver airport.

Lawyers for the Arizona-based company and province wrapped their arguments Friday before Judge Robert Sewell, who reserved his ruling without giving a date for his decision.

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