B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch has appointed a special prosecutor to review the RCMP's investigation involving Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm.
Vancouver lawyer Mark Jetté was picked for the job on July 4 by acting assistant deputy attorney general Brian Rendell, according to a news release issued today (July 6).
On June 27, Pimm resigned from the B.C. Liberal caucus and gave up his parliamentary secretary post after what's been called a "domestic incident".
"Last night, I was involved in a dispute with my wife, that led to police involvement, and I was held in custody overnight," Pimm said in a statement at the time.
Jetté will review the RCMP's report to Crown counsel on the file, and determine if charges are warranted.
If he decides charges are warranted, Jetté will be responsible for carrying out the prosecution and handling any appeals.
The release notes that special prosecutors are appointed "when there is a significant potential for real or perceived improper influence in the administration of criminal justice".
"Given Mr. Pimm’s position as an M.L.A., Mr. Rendell concluded that it was appropriate to appoint a Special Prosecutor," the release states.
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