Former NHL player Rob Ramage will not get a new trial on impaired driving charges in a 2003 car crash that killed another ex-NHL player, Keith Magnuson. Ramage was convicted in 2007 of four charges including impaired driving causing death as Ramage and Magnuson were returning home from the funeral of another NHL'er Keith McCreary.
Ontario's Court of Appeal has dismissed Ramage's conviction and sentence appeals. Their ruling says that the trial judge was not in error when he concluded that the urinalysis results should be allowed, and that the jury instructions were fair.
Ramage was sentenced to four years in prison and a five-year driving ban, but he has been out on bail and living in the United States. His lawyers are arguing his Charter rights were violated when he was required to give a urine sample while he was in the hospital undergoing treatment on a head injury while he was being adminstered morphine to medicate it.
Michael Dick filed this report at the time of the 2007 trial...