The matter of two Bountiful men challenging their convictions of practicing polygamy has been adjourned until next month.
The appeal by Winston Blackmore and James Oler was expected to start in a Cranbrook courtroom Tuesday morning.
However, Special Crown Prosecutor Peter Wilson asked the hearing be pushed back after he received new evidence from defense lawyer Blair Suffredine.
Wilson told the courtroom it was unfair for him to proceed after receiving an amended affidavit Monday night.
He suggested there’s been a series of unmet deadlines and late filings by Suffredine throughout the proceedings.
Wilson said he didn’t expect to cross-examine Blackmore but the new evidence changes that.
He asserted this is an important case and in 35 year career he’s never cross-examined someone without proper preparation.
Justice Sherri Ann Donegan agreed this is an important case and fairness is integral to its outcome.
Donegan questioned Suffredine about the missed deadlines and said the late submissions and amendments were unusual.
When Suffredine suggested his failure to meet the set out times didn’t create prejudice to the case, Donegan replied these were court imposed targets.
Donegan reluctantly pushed the matter back to December 12th-14th and told Suffredine to confirm the evidence he plans to use in the case.
In a landmark decision back in July, Blackmore and Oler were both found guilty of having multiple wives.