VANCOUVER – A B.C. Supreme Court judge has dismissed Taser International’s petition for a judicial review of the first phase of the Braidwood Inquiry into Taser use in the province.
In his reasons for judgment, Judge Robert Sewell said Tuesday Taser International was treated fairly by the study commission and presented commissioner Thomas Braidwood with many scientific documents and experts to speak on their behalf.
Sewell also said the commission had no obligation to give Taser a copy of their report— which found that conducted energy weapons can cause injury or death in some circumstances — before it was released to the public.
“In my view, there is no merit in this submission,” Sewell wrote in his decision. “I can find nothing in the record which would suggest that the commissioner carried out the inquiry, the public forums and his investigation in a manner which was in any way inconsistent with his publicly stated intentions.”