Sentencing date set for woman who tried to bribe jury at husband’s trial
By Daryl Slade
January 16, 2015
The sentencing date was set on Friday in Court of Queen’s Bench for March 26 for the 71-year-old woman, who was convicted of the charge by a jury on Oct. 9.
Ms. Levin, who wept in the prisoner’s box after the foreman of the nine-woman, three-man jury read the verdict last fall, likely faces jail time for attempted obstruction of justice.
The former juror in the Aubrey Levin sexual assault trial, who cannot be named because of a publication ban imposed by Justice Karen Horner, testified at Erica Levin’s trial how she was approached by the ex-forensic psychiatrist’s wife at a CTrain station near the courthouse and offered money to find him not guilty.
The woman said she told Ms. Levin to go away then, shortly afterward, took the train home. The former juror said she wrote a letter and reported the incident to the judge at the next court session three days later on Jan. 14, 2013.
Key evidence in the trial in support of the juror’s testimony was a series of surveillance videos that tracked Erica Levin from when she arrived at court on the morning of Jan. 11, 2013, until she followed the female juror to the nearby 6th Street CTrain station and approached her at about 11:30 a.m.
It showed various angles of the accused approaching the juror, then holding out her hand to the juror with what appeared to be an envelope containing money.
Justice Donna Shelley, presiding over the Aubrey Levin case, reluctantly dismissed the juror and continued with the other 11 jurors.
The ex-juror said she recognized the woman who approached her as being the same person who sat in the gallery behind Aubrey Levin every day throughout the first three months of the trial, and she believed her to be his wife.
The former juror said she turned and noticed a white envelope in Ms. Levin‘s hand and heard her say: ‘Here’s a thousand dollars, my husband is not guilty.’
The juror said she wasn’t sure if the amount of money mentioned as being in the envelope was $1,000 or $10,000, as the accused said both amounts.
After the juror was removed by Shelley, she did not have any further involvement in the Aubrey Levin case. The remaining 11 jurors then convicted Aubrey Levin, 74, of three counts of sexual assault on his patients at his office in Peter Lougheed Hospital.
They also acquitted him of two counts and could not reach a unanimous verdict on four counts, resulting in a mistrial. He was later sentenced to five years in prison.
The Crown subsequently stayed two of the four counts that resulted in a hung jury, and the other two as well, after the second jury was again hung.