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Travis Vader: Media will apply to have cameras in court for mistrial decision

Justice Denny Thomas, seen here before delivering his decision in the Travis Vader trial on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016. Global News

A media consortium has signalled its intention to once again apply to have a camera in the courtroom for the next major milestone in the ongoing Travis Vader legal saga.

The media consortium, of which Global News is a part of, is seeking to have a camera in the courtroom when Justice Denny Thomas delivers a decision on Vader’s defence lawyers’ application for a mistrial based on a controversial decision he made when finding Vader guilty of second-degree murder in the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann.

In his Sept. 15 decision, Thomas referenced a section of the Criminal Code that had been struck down by the Supreme Court of Canada over 25 years ago. Vader’s lawyers argue the reference is grounds for a mistrial.

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Watch below: On Sept. 15, Travis Vader was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2010 killings of Lyle and Marie McCann. His lawyers were back in court Monday asking for a mistrial. Global’s Reid Fiest was in the courtroom and has the details.

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Travis Vader’s lawyers apply for mistrial – Oct 3, 2016

Thomas had earlier allowed a camera to be present in the courtroom – under certain conditions – for that decision, marking a first for the Court of Queen’s bench in Alberta.

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Watch below: Judge Denny Thomas finds Vader guilty of second-degree murder on Sept. 15, 2016.

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Vader verdict: Travis Vader convicted of second-degree murder of the McCanns – Sep 15, 2016

Both the Crown and defence are to present Thomas with written submissions regarding the mistrial application and Thomas will then decide if oral arguments will be needed to be heard from both sides. If not, he is expected to give his decision on the mistrial application on Oct. 31.

On Tuesday, a lawyer representing the media consortium submitted a letter to Thomas indicating its intent to apply to have a camera in the courtroom for his decision.

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