A petition is circulating, urging the provincial government to instruct Ontario Provincial Police to re-examine the fatal Elliot Lake mall collapse.

Two people died and more than a dozen others were injured when a portion of the building’s rooftop parking deck gave way on June 23, 2012.

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Moyer’s petition will not carry much weight in the justice system, according to criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt.

“An outpouring of public sympathy, public support or public condemnation does nothing to change whether grounds exist and the evidence would support prosecution,” Spratt said.

“If there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe an offence occurred and the evidence supports that then charges should be laid if it’s in the public interest. If there’s not, then charges shouldn’t.”

Read Olivia Stefanovich’s full article: CBC

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