Ruling in James Oler's Child Removal Case to be Heard Friday

Cranbrook Law Courts (Ryley McCormack, staff)

Cranbrook B.C. Supreme Court will hear Madam Justice Martha Devlin's ruling in James Oler's retrial for his child removal charge on Friday, following a retrial that spanned more than two weeks in April.

A former Bishop of the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) in Bountiful, B.C., Oler is facing one charge of removing a child from Canada for a sexual purpose, where he allegedly took a 15-year-old girl down to the United States in 2004 to be married to another FLDS member.

Madam Justice Devlin's ruling was originally anticipated for June 24th, but a change in scheduling has moved up the ruling to Friday, April 17th.

Oler stood trial for the same charge back in 2016 but was acquited by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Paul Pearlman. That ruling was appealed by the Crown and a new trial was ordered in the B.C. Court of Appeal.

The retrial began on April 1st and concluded on April 16th as many witnesses called in the original trial, once again made their way to Cranbrook B.C. Supreme Court to testify. Witness testimony included a Texas Ranger, LDS and FLDS experts, former FLDS members in the United States and in Bountiful, RCMP, and others.

Arguments were made by special prosecutors Peter Wilson and Micah Rakin for the Crown, both of whom tried James Oler and Winston Blackmore in their separate Polygamy Trial as well as Brandon James Blackmore, Emily Ruth Gail Blackmore, and James Oler's in the first Child Removal Trial.

If found guilty by Madam Justice Devlin, Oler could face a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Full trial details and summaries can be found at Summit 107's story links below:

Judgement on James Oler's Child Removal Case Expected in June (April 16, 2019)

Crown Calls Final Witnesses at James Oler's Child Removal Trial (April 12, 2019)

FLDS Marriage and Priesthood Records Approved as Evidence in James Oler's Child Removal Trial (April 10, 2019)

Crown Argues for Admissibility of FLDS Records at James Oler's Child Removal Trial (April 8, 2019)

United States FLDS Bishop Testifies at James Oler's Child Removal Trial (April 4, 2019)

James Oler's Child Removal Trial Enters Third Day in Cranbrook (April 3, 2019)

BYU Professor Testifies at James Oler's Child Removal Trial as Voir Dire Continues (April 2, 2019)

Child Removal Retrial Opens for James Oler After Previous Acquittal (April 1, 2019)

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