According to Wikipedia, the expression, “Justice delayed is justice denied” is
a legal maxim meaning that if legal redress is available for a party that has suffered some injury, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no redress at all.
This expression came to mind while reading this headline: “Bishop’s Child Porn Sentencing Delayed.”
Raymond Lahey, a former Roman Catholic bishop in Nova Scotia, who was caught with hundreds of child pornography images and videos on his laptop, pleaded guilty on May 4, 2011 to importing child pornography. Lahey was arrested in September 2009. After many trial postponements, Lahey waited until May 2011 to plead guilty. However, Catholics and victims sexually abused by priests of the diocese of Antigonish were pleased to learn that Lahey could face up to ten years in prison and that “Lahey will be tried by the church after he has served his time in custody.” Now, Lahey’s sentencing hearing, originally scheduled for June 24, has been delayed until August 4 and 5
because the Crown [has] yet to receive Lahey’s clinical file from Dr. John Bradford, the psychiatrist who examined Lahey at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.
Lay Catholics, victims of child abuse, and countless people who were waiting to hear how the Canadian justice system and the Vatican will deal with Raymond Lahey continue to wait.