Over 80 Charge Defeated

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.

Schreiber- Mulroney Commission Begins

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

“Prelude to a public inquiry – Liveblogging the Oliphant Commission (Day One)” – January 7, 2009

Maclean’s Blog – Kady O’Malley

Mulroney-Schreiber prepare for Round 1” – January 6, 2009

Lethbridge Herald – Jim Browm

Stay tuned…