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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 10-15 ABOVE The Lethbtidae Herald VOL. LXV No. 62 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PACES Geoffroy case documents are tabled By GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) Carmen Parent and Yves Geof- froy lived together for nine months before he was im- prisoned for life Oct. 13, 1970, for strangling his wife. Geoffroy, a 38-year-old notary, later pleaded in a letter from prison for permission to marry Miss Par- ent and regularize an embarrassing situation. The letter last June 23 touched off a series of de- cisions that led to the marriage last Dec. 24, when Geoffroy was given a 50-hour leave to wed Miss Parent. Neither has been seen since. Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer Tuesday night tabled in the Commons the June 28 letter from Geof- froy; an Aug. 19 report by Montreal social worker Micheline Corneilier recommending the marriage, and a Nov. 3 letter from Hcv. L. A. Nickels, chief chaplain for federal prisons, authorizing it. Argues it's error Mr. Goyer quoted parts of the three documents in the House Monday in arguing that error spectacular as it may have than impropriety was involved in the release of Geoffroy. Eldon Woolliams (Calgary Conservative justice critic, said Tuesday tile case "slinks to high heaven" and insisted that the documents bo made pub- lic in full. Speaker Lucien Lamourcux ordered Mr. Goyer to produce them. 'Mr. Woolliams argued that only the cabinet can approve release for a prisoner on a life sentence and Mr. Cover's position, that while there may have been error in the release be was unaware of it, constituted cither a falsehood or an admission of such gross mis- management lhal the minister should resign. Mr. Coyer, who objected earlier to tabling the documents on grounds they concerned a private life and there was no public interest, finally agreed to re- lease them during the day and did so a few months before the Commons completed its night sitting. The letter from Geoffroy said his marriage to Miss Parent would "unite (wo beings who love one another" and would remove his constant fear that his children, living with relatives since his conviction for stran- gling their mother, would not be provided for ade- quately. A Mori real social agency was asked by the pen- itentiaries service lo investigate the prospects for the marriage and Miss Cornellicr was assigned to make a report. Favors marriage Her report strongly recommended the marriage. She admitted that it might appear bizarre that a 27- year-old physics teacher would want lo marry a man recently sentenced lo life in but this wasn't ne- cessarily abnormal. "Miss Parent seems certain of her feelings'for Mr. Geoffroy and is not at all the adventurous type" simply out to cause n -sensation, she said. Miss Parent had superior intelligence and excel- lent judgment and. despite the situation, was main- taining a remarkable calm. However, rejection of the marriage request might have "regrettable emotional consequences" which Miss Cornellier didn't specify. Miss Corneliier's key line was that the three Geof- froy children were under the care of two of his broth- ers who suffered serious heart conditions. The chil- dren would be homeless if the brothers dropped dead. If the marriage was allowed, Miss Parent would be there to take care of I hem and was ready to do so. Report incorrect Mr. Goyer has said that neither he nor Mr. Faguy heallh of the brothers was based on hearsay and isn't correct. Geof'roy, in his letter, emphasized his concern about the future of the three children of the mother he murdered. Me said be had known Miss Parent for three years that (hoy had lived together fnr nine months, thren nf them v.itli rhi.ld. After bo was im- Mi'.s Parent had r.ired for his son for seven months. The mamace would regularize n situation humil- iating to Miss Parent and the families involved, he said. The letter in sharp contrast to one Geoffroy mailed authorities after his Christinas getaway. He apologized tor the trouble he had caused but said he didn't intend .spending the best years of his life in prison for a crime he said lie didn't commit. Geoffrey's initial Idler last June 28 and Miss Orncllicv's Aug. report were both addressed to Penitentiaries Commissioner Paul Fagiiy in Ottawa. Didn't know Mr. dovcr hns Ijuil noil her be nor Mr Fagiiy know nbuul. tho cast; until llioy learned Dec. 27 that (ieoffroy hadn't returned from his leave and police had been alerted to look for iiim. Oof froy, while in prison, worked as a clerk in the penitentiary visith rind corre.ypondcnec office head- ed by Jean-Paul Levesijiir. He said in his letter Hint Mr. had offer- rd tn serve, as liis witness, if need at. the proposed wedding. The n of (ieoffroy's and Ray- mond Denis, his lawyer. Penis sentenced In two years in prison in the for offering a federal lawyer money not to oppose bail for narcotics trafficker Lucien Rivard. Denis had licen a political assistant to two Liberal cabinet, ministers. Mr.