Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Stays Charge against Former Organizer on Jason Kenney Leadership Campaign

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Crown Stays Charge against Former Organizer on Jason Kenney Leadership Campaign

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Assault charged stayed against Alberta PC organizer

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CALGARY - The Crown has stayed an assault charge against a former organizer on Jason Kenney's campaign for the leadership of Alberta's Progressive Conservatives.

Alan Hallman was charged last spring following an altercation at the PC convention in Calgary where Kenney was chosen as the new Tory boss.

The case had been scheduled to go to trial next month, but Hallman's lawyer says the Crown stayed the charge at a court appearance Thursday.

Dale Fedorchuk said the Crown offered Hallman another option, but he refused.

"They had offered resolution by way of alternative measures and, if he had completed that, they would have withdrawn the charge," Fedorchuk said.

"That's effectively an admission of guilt and he was not prepared to do that. …

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