Quebec man behind Marc Lepine blog to argue for bail: Lawyer

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MONTREAL - A Quebec man charged with making death threats against women on a blog that says Polytechnique killer Marc Lepine has become a folk hero is seeking bail.
Jean-Claude Rochefort has been behind bars since early December after being charged with one count of uttering threats.
The Crown alleges the self-described men's rights advocate posted hateful and menacing comments toward women on a blog bearing Lepine's name.
On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 women were killed and 13 other people wounded during Lepine's shooting rampage.
Rochefort, 61, has been deemed fit to stand trial after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.
His bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
The controversial blog claims Lepine has evolved into a folk hero because his name resonates even today.
In an interview with the French-language arm of the CBC just prior to his arrest last December, Rochefort called the website "humorous" and said feminists made a hero out of Lepine by constantly talking about the tragedy.
"It's a minor news event that they've turned into something more," he told Radio-Canada. "Are we going to celebrate Marc Lepine in 50 years? That's absurd."
The blog, a combination of written texts and doctored photos of Lepine, is one of several websites apparently connected to the same author, according to L'apres-rupture, a group that assists divorced fathers.
In one text, Lepine is referred to as "Saint Marc."
Another doctored photo shows the Polytechnique campus with the caption "Where it all happened." That picture is superimposed on a map of Montreal with a second caption that reads: "Where it could all happen again with the right people and the right equipment."
A bail hearing initially scheduled for Monday was postponed to allow the judge time to read through about 100 pages worth of blog entries entered as evidence.
Rochefort was arrested just days before the 20th anniversary of the Polytechnique tragedy.
A number of people complained to police, including feminists and L'apres-rupture.
Jean-Claude Boucher, president of the group, says an investigation done for the organization provided police with a wealth of evidence, including IP addresses and hyperlinks to various websites.

Some of the statements on the website were considered serious enough for the Polytechnique school to heighten security before the anniversary event.
Rochefort's lawyer says the Crown's evidence doesn't correspond to the charge.
Guillaume Langlois said it will be up to the Crown to prove women in general were threatened, as the charge indicates.
"What the person says has to be very specific and I don't think what we've found in the evidence is as specific as it should be," Langlois said.
"We see it all the time in society - people often say all politicians are bad. Does that mean it's a threat against a specific group? It'll be an interesting debate."
Rochefort is also charged with possessing an illegal firearm, but Langlois said it's a legal weapon with a permit that had lapsed.

Organizations: Radio-Canada, Saint Marc, Polytechnique school

Geographic location: Quebec, MONTREAL

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