VANCOUVER, September 22, 2004 ( – A “draconian” publication ban has been placed upon not only information referring to the Evelyn Martens trial but also any information, commentary, speculation, etc. about Evelyn Martens herself.  According to a CP report, Martens is charged with aiding and counseling former nun Monique Charest, 64, to commit suicide on Jan. 7, 2002 in Duncan B.C.  She also faces charges related to the June 26, 2002 death of Leyanne Burchell, 52, a Vancouver school teacher. Jurers are to be selected October 12, with Martens facing a maximum 14 year jail sentence.  The court order banning publication of the details of the trial has been signed by Justice B. M. Davies, the Crown Counsel and the Counsel for the Accused.  Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told that the publication ban is “draconian”.  The order is in effect till the jury gives its verdict which is expected after six weeks.  Jhw


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