Lawyer says fugitive should stay in U.S.
EDMONTON - An extradition lawyer believes Canada shouldn't bother asking the United States to send back convicted violent sex offender Michael Stanley.
Gary Botting of Coquitlam, B.C., says the extradition process would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and Stanley would face little, if any, jail time if he were convicted of the charges he is currently wanted on in Canada.
Stanley has been missing since Oct. 1 when the electronic monitoring bracelet he was wearing was cut off and found in Lloydminster, on the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.
Six days later, Edmonton police say the 48-year-old crossed into Blaine, Wash., south of Vancouver.
American police don't have the power to arrest Stanley because he's not wanted on any charges south of the border.
Botting says an international warrant can be issued under the Extradition Act but thinks Canada should just say "good riddance" and leave Stanley where he is.