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While the Crown and defence announced appeals in the Robert Pickton serial murder case yesterday, Attorney-General Wally Oppal was left apologizing to the victims' families for not telling them in advance.

He says the families had always been kept up to date on proceedings in the past, and he's sorry the appeal news was released without their knowing first.

"The cat was somehow left out of the bag and I was asked about this, about the outstanding appeal, and for that reason it got out quicker that it ought to have got out," said Mr. Oppal, who let it slip to a TV reporter Sunday.

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"And I just want to apologize to the families for that because they should have been kept in the loop."

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