A Moncton Mountie convicted of two impaired driving-related charges earlier this month should have the case against him thrown out due to unreasonable delays, his defence lawyer argued Monday for a second time.
Retired RCMP sergeant Ronald Cleveland, 49, was found guilty on June 2 of driving while impaired and driving with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit in connection with an incident in Dieppe in 2014.
But his lawyer James Matheson maintains Cleveland’s right to a timely trial was violated.
Nearly 38 months have passed from the time charges were laid against Cleveland until Monday’s stay of proceedings hearing, Matheson told the Moncton provincial court.
At some point, the delay just becomes “too much,” he said, pointing out problems with disclosure of evidence and court dates that had to be changed.
Crown prosecutor Claude Haché…