A young woman’s criminal charge of driving with a blood alcohol level of over .80 received excellent news today. Criminal defence lawyer Richard Auger brought two Charter applications to argue that her rights had been violated. Today, the judge indicated that he agreed that the client’s rights to counsel and a trial without delay had been violated. The charge was dismissed and she has no criminal record.
Mr. Justice Oliphant heard submissions today from the lawyers representing Mr. Schreiber (our own Richard Auger), Mr. Mulroney and the Attorney General. The issue today related to the scope of the inquiry in terms of what statutes, laws, regulations and other codes of conduct should be considered when assessing the interactions between Mr. Schreiber and Mr. Mulroney.
Lots of interesting press and blog chatter about the day’s events:
“Judge is urged to consider anti-corruption laws” – January 8, 2009
The Globe and Mail – Greg McArthur
“Mulroney probe extended” – January 8, 2009
The Toronto Star – Joanna Smith
“No report from Mulroney probe until year’s end” – January 7, 2009
The Canadian Press
“Lawyers argue ethics at Mulroney-Schreiber hearing” – January 7, 2009
The Gazette – Norma Greenaway
Maclean’s Blog – Kady O’Malley
“Mulroney-Schreiber prepare for Round 1” – January 6, 2009
Lethbridge Herald – Jim Browm