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“Litigation is more than a chess game”: Wilbanks v. North American Coal
Corp., 334 F. Supp. 2d 921 (S.D. Miss. 2004).
Bill Veenstra, Q.C., was elected to the national CBA board of directors as
the B.C. representative. He will serve a term of two years.
Cuba’s José Raúl Capablanca was a world champion in chess from 1921 to
Roxanne Helme, Q.C., has been elected to the board of directors of the
Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (“ICA”) for a two-year term
and as president and chair of the board for a one-year term. Ms. Helme previously
served on the board of directors of the ICA and was chair of its policy
committee for six consecutive years.
Someone actually paying attention to an announcement on a train from San
Sebastián to Barcelona heard this announcement in English: “For passengers
not intending to get off at the next station, please stay on the train.”
Edmond Hoyle wrote treatises on card games and, in 1761, on chess. Some
sources also report that he may have been called to the bar.
Cheryl D’Sa (president of the VBA and Narwal Litigation LLP’s managing
partner), Sharon Singh (an associate at Bennett Jones LLP) and Leena
Yousefi (lawyer and CEO at YLaw Group) were each included in Business
in Vancouver’s 2019 Forty under 40 list.
In Johnson v. State, 39 Wis. 2d 415 (1968), the Supreme Court of Wisconsin
considered an argument that “the lack of defense witnesses made it impossible
for the jury to render a fair verdict”. Invoking chess in its analysis, the
This contention is without merit. The record establishes that the prosecution
called as witnesses the victim of the acts alleged, three witnesses
of the preceding scuffle, five police officers, two of whom testified to witnessing
the scuffle and being shot at by the defendant. The record, briefs
and arguments do not suggest what additional witnesses, other than the
defendant who did give his account of what happened, could or should
have been called to the witness stand. A criminal trial is not a chess game
in which both participants are entitled to start with an equal number of
pieces. If this were so, Jack Ruby could not have been tried for the murder
of Lee Harvey Oswald because his actions were witnessed by many
at the scene and millions on network TV, none of whom could be
expected to testify that he did not pull the trigger.