Markuze/Mabus Sentencing Postponed

Dennis Markuze, aka David Mabus, was supposed to be sentenced on Thursday for violating his probation by continuing to post threatening messages to atheists online, but the hearing was delayed because a psychiatrist wants to give testimony in the case.

The sentence hearing for a man who threatened people online and then ignored a court order by further harassing one of his victims has been delayed because a psychiatrist wants to testify in the case.

Quebec Court Judge Jean-Pierre Boyer was expecting to hear a joint sentence recommendation on Thursday in the case of Dennis Markuze, 43. The man from St-Laurent pleaded guilty in 2012 to threatening eight people for expressing atheistic views on blogs that debate scientific reason versus religious belief and then later ignored a court order by further harassing one of the victims.

The threats were posted on social networks like Twitter. In one posting Markuze wrote: “Die f–cking atheists. I will cut your heads off.”

This is getting ridiculous. He was originally supposed to be sentenced in November, but that was delayed because they ran out of time that day. Now it’s been put off again until at least June, probably later. In the meantime, the guy is completely unapologetic about it and claims he has a right to threaten people and there’s nothing stopping him from continuing. Lock. Him. Up.

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  • Raging Bee

    As I’ve said elsewhere, I’m kind of suspicious of the timing of this psychiatrist’s coming forward. This guy has been known for YEARS for his irrational behavior, and yet this psychiatrist only steps up to offer his ideas at just the right time to force a delay in sentencing?

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Isn’t Quebec a very Catholic province?

  • kosk11348

    What does that mean, “a psychiatrist wants to testify?” Who is this person and what is their connection to the case? Presumably someone asked this psychiatrist to testify.

  • Ibis3, These verbal jackboots were made for walking


    Not anymore. They threw off the Church’s shackles during the Quiet Revolution and Quebec is now the most avidly secular jurisdiction in North America. The official numbers of Catholic adherents is high (80+%), but I think a lot of that is cultural Catholicism rather than religious Catholicism, if you know what I mean.

  • Modusoperandi

    To be fair, Canadian court cases during winter typically take quite a while, on account of all the hibernating. Plus, sports sometimes breaks out. Quebec even has a provincial holiday in rememberance of the Great Bonspeil of ’97, which disrupted the case of Bonhomme v Tabarnac Osti.

  • oualawouzou


    Indeed, many people check “Catholic” on surveys and whatnot, but churches are deserted and converted into condos left and right. We’ve had gay marriage for years, our province is about the best one when it comes to abortion rights, and boy do we ever love to swear by perverting religious words.

    But our courts also take a ridiculously long time to see a trial through. It’s not unusual to see several years fly by between an arrest and the beginning (not even the end, mind you) of the ensuing trial, even for relatively minor offenses.

  • Kamaka

    oualawouzou @ 6

    our courts also take a ridiculously long time to see a trial through.


    Some of his later mischief would read as contempt of court and/or violation of probation, either of which buys you a jail cell in the US, no trial needed. I don’t know if DM was held for any time after his second arrest. In the US he would have sat for a week, minimum. Threatening the arresting officer? Release paperwork is liable to be misplaced!

    and boy do we ever love to swear by perverting religious words.

    My favorite is “tabernac”.

  • whheydt

    So…presumably the prior probation sentence(s) are still in effect. What happens if DM keeps on doing what he is known for and gets pulled in *again* while waiting for the current sentence to handed down? Will he have to appear before the same judge, or is it a different judge each time? How good is the “institutional memory” of the Canadian courts in cases like this?

  • WMDKitty — Survivor

    Guys, time in the courts is like time in geology — it takes ages for anything to get done.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    Mabus has been posting at atheist forums all over the internets. One of his more common aliases is Mark Dreher.