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Saturday, February 4, 2017
Quadriplegic Crown Prosecutor Appointed to Alberta Queen's Bench
George (Jody) Fraser was sworn in as an Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
judge, which is an honour he said proves “there really are no limits.”
“It’s hopefully advancing things for anybody with any sort of
disadvantage,” he said. Fraser, 49, was a university student and avid
athlete when he became paralyzed. The life-changing event happened
during a rugby game when he was 19 years old. “As soon as the scrum
came together I broke my neck, I don’t know how or what went wrong,” he
said. “I remember lying on the field … and getting into the ambulance.”
who is part Metis, would leave the hospital 13 months later. He said he
felt trepidation about going home, unsure of what his new life would
look like. But he now knows what he would tell his younger self: “It’ll
was out watching a hockey game, and someone said thank you for
prosecuting him … he turned his life around,” Fraser said. “It’s
happened a few times.” His new role will mean presiding over a variety
of cases, something that offers an exciting challenge. “It’s like going
back to law school,” he said. On Friday, a large family contingent
including 11 nieces and nephews arrived at court to celebrate Fraser’s
appointment. “They’re probably all shocked,” he said with a laugh.
65-year-old sister, Joyce Taylor, who was visibly emotional about her
brother’s accomplishment, interrupted: “We’re not shocked, we’re just
proud.” “He has never, ever given up … he’s always, always pushed ahead.
He’s done everything he wanted to do.” Taylor points to her brother’s
passion for travel and hunting. “I like the taste of venison,” Fraser
added with a laugh. He said there is no limit to what you can
accomplish, with or without a disability. “The fact that your body
isn’t working right doesn’t mean your mind can’t, and you can do just
about anything,” he said.