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by Rhonda Spivak, Feb 15, 2011

 On February 12, a mere day before the matter  of Harvey Berkal's private prosecution was to appear in Court,  Collen  MCDuff wrote the following email to Harvey berkal.

From: "McDuff, Colleen (JUS)" <[email protected]>

Date: February 12, 2012 10:09:46 PM CST

To: , Harvey Berkal <[email protected]>, Harvey Berkal <[email protected]>, Marsha Palansky

Subject: RE: Sharon Home case

All members of the public will be told the same thing, that the Crown has intervened and stayed proceedings pending further investigation. If this is to be done properly this is how things proceed. The file has gone to the Homicide Unit. I have provided all your contact information and once the file is assigned to investigators I expect each of you will be contacted regarding the information you can provide.
Colleen McDuff
Supervising Senior Crown - Domestic Violence Unit
Manitoba Prosecutions Service
Phone: 945-3265

Fax: 948-3210


I am attempting to get some answers from the parties involved as to what they each understood this email to mean, and what they base their understanding on. I have submitted questions to the Crown and the Berkals and Marsha Palansky and received some answers, which will be published in due course, but the answers received have led to further follow -up questions which I have sent and I am awaiting further answers. By next week  I should have my  article ready.

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