Jury selection delayed in grandmother’s Yk drug trial

“A colossal waste of time, energy and money.”

That’s how one frustrated potential juror described the jury selection process Monday for a drug trial in Yellowknife.

Hundreds of potential jurors were sent home after a Chipewyan interpretor failed to show up for the proceeding.

Potential jurors were kept in the ballroom of the Nova Court Hotel for about two hours while they waited for the interpretor to arrive which never happened.

The jury selection was held at the hotel presumedly because of the huge jury pool.

All of the potential jurors have to report back Tuesday – this time at the Explorer hotel.

“Frustrated and angry” was how several other potential jurors described the proceedings.

A jury is to be selected for a mother-daughter drug trafficking trial.

N’dilo grandmother Vitaline Lafferty who is in her early 70s and her daughter Mary Ann Lafferty, also of N’dilo were initially charged in April, 2016 after a traffic stop near Fort Providence allegedly found them in possession of marijuana, cocaine, liquid codeine, and over one thousand fentanyl pills.

They were arrested after a huge drug sweep by RCMP.

It is believed that the Laffertys are among the last of the suspects to be dealt with in court.

Most of the suspects, if not all, have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced.

It is believed that the interpreter was requested by the elder Lafferty which is her right under the law.



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