A wheelchair-bound man with bones so brittle they can break at the slightest touch will not be able appeal his extradition order to the United States, Canada’s top court said Thursday.
The Supreme Court of Canada announced that it would not hear the case of Eric Bedard, 36, who is facing 12 years in U.S. prison after being charged with conspiracy to traffic in a large quantity of marijuana and ecstasy.
Bedard filed an application for leave to appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada in late March, a few weeks after he was put on an airplane to Maryland. He is currently being held in a medical detention facility near Baltimore.
Bedard suffers from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a rare congenital bone disease. He is less than four feet tall, weighs 55 pounds, and relies on an electronic wheelchair.
Bergevin has argued that Bedard should have been considered a special case and be tried in Canada so that his safety and security would be more assured. Bedard’s condition is so complicated that he needs an entire medical team to keep him safe, Bergevin said, and the U.S. system is only prepared to offer him the minimum of care.