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Carney Nerland Wants Investigation Quashed

The Vancouver Sun
Monday, December 21, 1992 (A7)

Canadian Press

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. White supremacist Carney Nerland has asked the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to quash a commission looking into the death of a Cree trapper he shot in January 1991.

Nerland's lawyers filed appeals last week asking to have the commission disbanded. They argue it usurps Parliament's jurisdiction over criminal law because it was created by the provincial legislature and that it intrudes into the affairs of the RCMP because they were asked to reveal an informant.

Trapper Leo LaChance was shot outside Nerland's gun shop Jan. 28, 1991, and he died early the next day. Nerland was arrested and pleaded guilty to manslaughter in April 1991. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

The inquiry, headed by former Saskatchewan judge Ted Hughes, came after public demand for details of the crime not revealed at the time of sentencing.

Nerland is self-proclaimed head of the white-supremacist Church of Jesus Christ Christian Aryan Nations in Saskatchewan.

The commission began in May hearing testimony from police and witnesses. But the inquiry came to a halt in June when a Saskatchewan court ruled police witnesses at the public hearings don't have to name the force's informants within white-supremacy groups.

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