Monday, April 26, 2010

Peter Watts is free

I type this from the basement of the Quay Street Brewing Company, where manager Mike Ziegler has kindly let me post this.

Sentencing is finished. Judge Adair dismissed any thoughts of jail time, made Peter pay a fine, and shared wisdom about the respect we must afford police.

But never mind that. No jail time. We are celebrating for a bit at Quay Street, then heading home.

28 comments:

Stephen said...

Hooray!!!!

Leah Bobet said...

Oh geez.

Thanks for the update. I was getting _severely_ fussed here.

TonyC said...

Good news. Hope you guys have a good time.

Hljóðlegur said...

Thanks so much for the update, truly. I was on tenderhooks over here.

Anonymous said...

A bit of sanity in the end...

Ufff.

Branko Collin said...

"tenderhooks"

Some girlfriends have those.

Jetse de Vries said...

No sentence at all would have been rational. However, I do understand that at this point no jail time is a very good outcome.

Have a few drinks on me!

Dan said...

Oh, that's *great* news!

Hljóðlegur said...

Some girlfriends have those.

So many ways to interpret that, Branko, so many ways...

Gavin Williams said...

Truly excellent news

Brent Knowles said...

Most awesome. Very glad for Mr. Watts.

PixelFish said...

Great news!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! My best to you and to Peter.

Jean-Louis Trudel said...

O frabjous day!

Great news indeed. Do have a safe and uneventful trip back to Canada...

mistah charley, ph.d., j.s.p.s. said...

I was wondering - if the subject should want to enter the U.S. again, would any difficulties be anticipated?

Not that I'm suggesting he WOULD want to - but if there was some reason to do so, would the Border Patrol prevent it?

Alehkhs said...

Outstanding news!

savantefolle said...

I feel relief for Peter.
Welcome home!


Michèle in Mississauga

Doug17 said...

I'm glad that a little common sense finally found it's way into these proceedings.

Best wishes and Good luck.

DragonKat said...

WONDERFUL NEWS! So glad.

idleprimate said...

Hallejulah!

Uplinktruck said...

Thank you for the update.

watermelontail said...

Glad to hear it.

Freya said...

I am so pleased by this result.

Anonymous said...

sort of good news, but he was still found "guilty" and he will have to declare his "arrest" everytime he enters the u.s. in the future. this affects everything from visa status, to longer border checks and more hassle, he has a "criminal record" with the u.s. now.

respecting the police is important, but only if they in turn respect the citizenry. in fact, because of the power they are given by the citizenry, the police should be more accountable for their behaviour ! i am tired of abuses of authority.

George Berger said...

Peter, I am delighted. I checked about 5 minutes after waking up this morning (Wednesday). And Mr Nickle, you have my complements. Finally, I agree fully with Jetse. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Um - it's "tenterhooks" and just wait until I see my first Yank tourist of the summer.

Someone is going to regret what happened to the good doctor. Too bad it won't be the ar*eholes that actually beat him up.



That's ok, though. By the time I'm done telling off the Yank, they'll have a ruined vacation and a story that when they tell it back home will keep another bunch of them away.

One way or another, there will be justice for what those border "guards" (border bullies would be closer) did - even if it's only me telling a Yank that they are not welcome in my community, and precisely why.

And I hope that Yank is a hothead enough to take a swing at me...

Alesa Warcan said...

Glad to hear it.

Hotspur O'Toole said...

I'm delighted for Mr. Watts, and I'm ashamed of our border police. I think it's ridiculous that he's considered a "felon" for the act of getting clubbed by a border patrol agent.