TWICE AS FAR
- EXTRACT FROM FILE NOTES -
- 2001 JAN 22 -
The following is the response from Fraser to Lathem
after the 'reading of the notes' by the 'group of eleven'.
Again note the date of January 22, 2001.
Fraser provided three issues of concern
and the notes for those matters
have been provided in the 'Change the Notes' web page.
For this memo,
why include the names of all the individuals who conducted the reading?
Not one of them except Gorman
knew anything about the file or what had been found.
Neither had any of them ever conducted
such a major and involved forensic identification investigation.
The key to this was that their rank was provided,
thus adding an air of credibility and experience to the opinion
that the notes were improper.
As for the planned trip to Halifax in February,
Fraser certainly had not initially included a face to face meeting with me about the file.
First, nothing had been mentioned to me as to what was to be discussed.
Second, nothing during the meeting of February 20th dealt with
other than the matter of my notes
and how to 'correct the problem'.
As for providing an assessment,
Gorman was six months or more away from the file,
so it was not for him to provide the assessment.
That was Lathem's responsibility
as for more than six months, he had been my direct supervisor.
However, they now needed a negative assessment
and having it written by two supervisors tended to lend it more credibility.
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