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Bryant: VIPrisoner

The suit, dress shirt and tie had already been dropped off at thestation before Staff Sgt. Brian Bowman began his shift at 4:30 a.m.

The suit, dress shirt and tie had already been dropped off at the station before Staff Sgt. Brian Bowman began his shift at 4:30 a.m.

“I’ve never seen anybody bring a suit — personally — in my 28 years,” Bowman said yesterday when asked if that was unusual.

After spending the night in a holding cell, former attorney general Michael Bryant was released around 2:30 p.m. without appearing before a judge. He looked tired, but polished and fresh-faced, wearing appropriate attire for his news conference outside Traffic Services in Liberty Village.

Critics claim Bryant received VIP treatment.

“Everyone else would have appeared unshaven and dishevelled in bail court, everyone — unless you’re a cop, or you’re an important politician,” defence lawyer Edward Sapiano said yesterday.

Defence lawyer David Midanik said bringing fresh clothes to a police station for an accused is a little unusual. “I think your average street criminal would not be given that indulgence.”

The result was the former attorney general appeared “better in the press” than he would have had he been held for a bail hearing, he said.

“He was definitely treated less harshly than most people charged with that offence,” Midanik added.

 
 
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