Tuesday, October 05, 2010

 

An ongoing story of not-so-special Prosecutors

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Former [special] prosecutor in Kash Heed scandal to undergo disciplinary review


By Keith Fraser
The Province - Oct. 5, 2010


The Law Society of B.C. has ordered discipline for Vancouver lawyer Terrence Robertson, the former special prosecutor in the Kash Heed election scandal.

In May, Robertson was forced to step aside as special prosecutor when it was revealed he had failed to disclose a $1,000 donation his law firm, Harper Grey LLP, made to Heed’s 2009 election campaign before he was appointed to investigate the same campaign.

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Based on that opinion, the society determined that Robertson failed to meet the expected standard that requires a lawyer to disclose to his client any previous connection to the parties in the matter. [More HERE.]

“Mr. Robertson has publicly admitted he made a serious error in judgment,” said a statement released by the society. “The Law Society agrees.”

The society’s disciplinary committee then deemed that a conduct review was called for.

The purpose of a conduct review is to make sure the conduct does not happen again and that the public is protected.

Robertson cleared Heed of any wrongdoing following allegations of campaign-finance irregularities, then shocked political observers when he stepped aside after he revealed the political contribution.

The move prompted Heed to resign as solicitor-general for a second time in weeks.

Heed first resigned April 9 following allegations he knew about Election Act violations linked to his campaign. Heed won the riding of Vancouver-Fraserview by just 748 votes over NDP rival Gabriel Yu. Heed has denied any wrongdoing.

Vancouver lawyer Peter Wilson, QC, has been appointed to replace Robertson as special prosecutor in the Heed case.

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Lawyer rapped over BC Liberal campaign probe

CBC - Oct 5, 2010

Excerpt:

... Heed had initially stepped down from his post in April after it was revealed the RCMP were investigating unofficial, anti-NDP brochures distributed in his Vancouver-Fairview riding during the 2009 election campaign.

He was reinstated as solicitor general the day after Robertson cleared him, but recommended charges against three people — including two of Heed's senior campaign workers.

But in strange twist, Heed choose to resign a second time when Robertson revealed his law firm had donated $1,000 to Heed's campaign. Robertson made a public apology and a second special prosecutor was appointed to redo the investigation.

Barinder Sall, Heed's campaign manager was charged three criminal charges, including two counts of obstruction of justice, and three charges under B.C.'s Elections Act, including one count of illegal election advertising.

Satpal Johl, Heed's financial officer was also charged under the Elections Act in relation to election financing.

Read more HERE: 

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/10/05/bc-terrance-robertson-kash-heed.html#ixzz11Xs576OWhttp://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2010/10/05/bc-terrance-robertson-kash-heed.html#ixzz11Xs576OW

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Warrant reveals anti-NDP brochures ...

By Jonathan Fowlie
Vancouver Sun - Oct 5, 2010

VICTORIA — Police found electronic copies of three controversial anti-NDP brochures when searching the house of Kash Heed's campaign manager earlier this year, recently released court documents show.

The brochures — which violated the Election Act — are at the centre of an investigation that led to recent charges against three people linked to Heed's 2009 election campaign.

Heed was not charged in the case, but resigned as solicitor-general.

A recently released RCMP search warrant application from May 13, 2010, contains several other allegations, including that attempts were made to conceal the source of the pamphlets from police, and that Heed appeared to know about at least one of the pamphlets during the election campaign.

The court documents also show that police found a CD containing files of the brochures in the home of Heed's campaign manager, Barinder Sall.

The documents allege that Sall "had North American [Mailing Ltd.] produce and distribute the pamphlets on behalf of the Heed campaign."
Sall has been charged with two criminal counts of obstruction of justice, one of submitting a fraudulent document, two of obstructing an elections official and one of improper election advertising.

Until now, it has not been clear what exactly police believe he did in connection with the brochures.

Sall is a longtime Liberal activist who worked briefly for former attorney-general Wally Oppal and also managed his campaign. The documents show Heed referred to Sall as the quarterback of the campaign. {Snip} ...


Read more HERE
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Warrant+reveals+anti+brochures+Heed+campaign+manager+house/3628663/story.html
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And this apparently is what set the Kash Kampaigners' hair on fire:

http://www.straight.com/article-242882/gabriel-yiu-bc-rail-sale-case-bcs-biggest-political-scandal

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Comments:
So, what about William Bernadino, or Wally Oppal? Where is the Law Society on that?
 
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Kim,

Exactly.

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I'm with you, Mary and Kim. And, who investigates the judges?
 
Classic limited hang-out at work.

Throw the plebs some small-time red meat and keep the juicy stuff all out of sight.

Ya' gotta' admit--these guys are in it for keeps.

They're dirty as all hell but they got game in spades.

Doesn't look like they're giving in whatsoever; and so, i dare say a concerted escalation of the opposition is in order.

Recall makes the most sense in my view.

Let's at least start again with a new legislature, following from open elections, where the question of imposing the HST is the critical question.
 
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Noted in passing ...

Remember Jamie Elmhurst? Here's a tiny item from Bill Tieleman, 2007:


Former Liberal president to testify
By BILL TIELEMAN,
24 HOURS - Feb. 9, 2007

The president of the Liberal Party of Canada's B.C. branch was under subpoena for over three months to testify in the upcoming breach of trust trial of former provincial government aides David Basi and Bob Virk before resigning his position in January.
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