The province has decided to fast-track the trial of the man charged with murdering Tori Stafford, taking the rare step of quashing his preliminary hearing.
But the lawyer for Michael Rafferty said the decision will only limit his client’s rights, not speed up the process.
He also suggested the public will see the move as a way to protect co-accused Terri-Lynne McClintic, expected to testify against Rafferty.
“It is not going to speed things up. At the most, maybe a month,” lawyer Dirk Derstine said. “I am disappointed. I don’t want to see my client being railroaded for the sake of expediency.”