Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hire a hit man to kill your husband? Claim abuse to get away with it!

In 2007 a couple in Nova Scotia, Nicole Doucet Ryan and Michael Ryan, separated. In 2008 Nicole is caught on video attempting to hire a hit man to kill Michael. Thankfully it wasn't an actual  hit man but an undercover officer.

While on trial Nicole testified that Michael as abusive and controlling. According to her she was acting under extreme duress and feared for her life.

Yes she was so fearful for her life that she took the time to hire a hit man to kill a husband that she was already separated from. Now let's just say that that is somehow entirely possible. It's possible that Micheal was abusive and trying to control Nicole and it's also entirely possible that law enforcement didn't respond to her calls for help but let's keep going.

During the trial it seems that Michael himself never testified during the trial in order to refute the claims Nicole made against him.
If he had been called, he says he would have explained: that none of this ever happened; that they were living apart at the time of her allegations; that he was parenting their daughter because psychological assessments of them both had raised questions about Nicole’s ability to care for the daughter; that Nicole had stopped communicating with the daughter of her own accord; and that Nicole’s testimony was simply one false allegation after another.
The trial ended with Nicole being acquitted of her attempt to have Michael killed. However the Nova Scotia Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada have overturned the verdict due to her claims of abuse being unsubstantiated. Now here comes the twist.
But the stay of proceedings means she is off the hook for another trial. The reasoning was that she had been through enough already. “The abuse she suffered and the protracted nature of these proceeding(s) have taken an enormous toll on her,” the judges wrote (with one dissent). “It is an exceptional situation that warrants an exceptional remedy.”
 In short despite overturning the verdict on the grounds that her claims that Michael was abusive were unsubstantiated they then turn around and say that she has suffered so much that she should not be put on trial again for what hiring that hit man (and yes she hired the hit man it's on video).

There has been no shortage of attempts to paint Nicole in a sympathetic light. She's the poor battered woman that had no choice but to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Essentially this has been a one sided story. Nicole has had the spotlight the entire time and decisions have been made without hearing from the intended victim. She has been free to commit a terrible act (attempt to hire someone to kill another person), make a string of accusations to cover tracks, get acquitted, have that acquittal overturned because the accusations are unsubstantiated, but then be spared another trial based on the presumption that those unsubstantiated claims are true.

Thankfully he is not taking this lying down. Michael has taken to Youtube to speak out with his own words on the situation in question.