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Greenspan: "Sometimes Half a Loaf Is Better Than None"


National Post, Feb. 11, 2003

"Three men were eventually charged with murdering the 329 passengers and crew [on Air-India Flight 182]: Inderjit Singh Reyat, a Sikh activist, now 51; Ripudaman Singh Malik, a wealthy Vancouver businessman and Ajaib Singh Bagri, a sawmill worker from Kamloops [B.C.]."
" 'It looks like they may be trying to fill a jigsaw puzzle and they may still be missing pieces,' said Edward Greenspan, a prominent criminal lawyer. 'Obviously in a case where so many people died in a plane crash, the one thing you don't want is to lose the case, but the reality is that . . . it's anybody's guess as to how a criminal case will end up, as to how a jury will look at that evidence. 'Sometimes the state ... may look at a case and say, 'We may have trouble. Sometimes half a loaf is better than none.' ' "
"The bag that exploded in Tokyo and the one that exploded in flight off the coast of Ireland were packed in bags that were checked by a man who booked passage on the flights from Vancouver, but never ended up boarding either plane. The incident changed airport security worldwide. To this day, bags are removed if the passenger who checked them fails to board."