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Canada Porn Case Judge Threatened

January 23, 1999

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The judge who issued a controversial ruling on child pornography has received a death threat, a court spokesman said Friday.

The threat was telephoned to the secretary of British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Duncan Shaw, who last week ruled that the law against possessing child pornography violated the freedom-of-expression clause of Canada’s Charter of Rights, the spokesman said.

Lloyd McKenzie, information officer for the court, said adequate security measures would be taken to protect Shaw, but declined to provide details.

``The level of hate that has been directed at him is remarkable,″ said McKenzie. ``People are phoning me and phoning a number of other people at the Law Courts, including the judge’s secretary, just heaping invective upon the judge.″

Shaw issued his ruling while acquitting Vancouver resident John Robin Sharpe, 66, of charges of possessing child pornography. The provincial government is appealing the decision.

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