Here’s a link to a strange tale about an openly gay organic farmer in Ottawa, Canada, who faces extradition to Texas over some 13-year-old criminal charges.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that Stuart Collins, then a Houston attorney who was married to a woman, took a case involving some business owners who wanted to start a horse racing track in the late 1980s. Collins filed a billion dollar lawsuit against several top Texas officials, including the governor and attorney general, alleging that they used bribery and secret deals to kill the race track. Collins also got involved in a related case after David Joost, an executive with the Texas Racing Commission, was found dead in his home along with Joost’s wife and two kids. To make a long story short, Collins’ career fell apart as a result of the cases, and he was arrested in 1993 in a park frequented by gay men. He eventually moved to Ottawa, and ever since Texas authorities have been trying to bring him back to face charges that he bilked some former clients. Collins has been fighting extradition, saying that authorities in Texas hold grudges toward him and that he’d be at risk in the U.S. prison system due to his sexual orientation. Collins now runs a successful organic farm in Ottawa with his male partner of 10 years. Anyhow, it appears as though Collins’ efforts to fight the extradition have been unsuccesful, as reported today by CTV Ottawa.
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