Jury selected for wife of disgraced doctor in bribery case
By Daryl Slade
September 24, 2014
A nine-woman, three-man jury has been selected to decide the fate of Erica Levin, wife of disgraced forensic psychiatrist Aubrey Levin, for allegedly attempting to bribe a juror at her husband’s sexual assault trial early last year.
The jury selection was a rarely-used ‘challenge for cause’ format in which Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Patrick Sullivan asked the potential jurors up to three questions related to their knowledge of pre-trial publicity in order to test whether they could be impartial in their deliberations.
Erica Levin, 70, faces one count of attempted obstruction of justice in connection with the alleged incident that occurred late in her 74-year-old husband’s trial.
Her trial begins next Monday and is scheduled to last two weeks.
On Jan. 14, 2013, during Aubrey Levin’s trial, Justice Donna Shelley removed a female juror who told the court she had been approached by a woman at a nearby LRT station on Jan. 11 and offered an envelope she believed contained cash.
Erica Levin was then cited for contempt of court and banned from attending the remainder of her husband’s trial, which she had attended every day for three months.
Aubrey Levin was convicted by the 11 remaining jurors of three counts of sexual assault against male patients and sentenced to five years in prison. He was also acquitted on two counts of sexual assault with four counts ending in a hung jury, causing a mistrial.
The Crown stayed two of the four outstanding sex assault charges and took the other two counts to trial, which both ended with the new jury unable to reach a unanimous decision. The Crown later stayed those charges as well.
The Alberta Court of Appeal has since upheld Levin’s convictions and sentence.