TORONTO — The lawyer for plaintiffs seeking to enforce a US$9.5 billion trial judgment from Ecuador against Chevron Corp.’s assets in Canada has an idea for the Ontario judge who will soon have to decide the matter.
The first choice of the 30,000 people from the Amazon jungle who want to collect on that multi-billion-dollar judgment would be for an Ontario judge to greenlight their enforcement efforts immediately. On the other side, the first choice for Chevron Canada would be for the Canadian enforcement case to be dismissed as soon as possible.
An Ottawa judge has stayed charges against a 15-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a three-year-old child at his mother’s daycare, finding that delays in bringing the case to trial violated the teen’s constitutional rights to a speedy trial.
MONTREAL — The Crown is seeking prison time for ex-Montreal mayor Michael Applebaum, who was found guilty last month on several corruption-related charges.
Prosecutor Nathalie Kleber says Applebaum should get a two-year sentence to be followed by two years’ probation.
Applebaum’s lawyer, Pierre Teasdale, wants either a suspended sentence or a mixed sentence that could include probation, community work and non-consecutive jail time.
OTTAWA — Ontario Court Judge Charles Vaillancourt has to answer the tough legal questions here at the trial of Mike Duffy: Did the suspended P.E.I. senator commit fraud, breach of trust and bribery? Is he innocent or guilty? Do the loose-y-goose-y rules, accounting practices and administrative deference that was in the air at the Red Chamber get him off the hook or not?
An Ontario Court judge dismissed 27 of the 31 charges faced by the man at the centre of the long-running Senate expense scandal, finding Sen. Mike Duffy not guilty on four others.
And as he neared the end of a decision that took virtually the entire day to deliver, Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt delivered a scathing indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office and Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.
MONTREAL — Quebec’s corruption inquiry is being accused of ruining the reputation of a former municipal party fundraiser and his chances of finding an impartial jury.
The lawyer for a man famously dubbed “Mr. 3%” at Quebec’s corruption inquiry says the commission is playing fast-and-loose with his client’s reputation.
Daniel Rock, the lawyer for Union Montreal fundraiser Bernard Trepanier, says his client will have trouble finding an impartial jury to hear his criminal case.