UPDATED 1032 EST March 11/09
Today, Gary McHale and I attended a pre-trial settlement conference in connection with our Small Claims Court suits against OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino for comments he has made since November 2007 in which he falsely accused us – among several things – of being “involved” in violence.
Fantino fined for not appearing at pre-trial conference
According to the rules of the Court the Defendant is required to attend the pre-trial conference, or request permission for teleconferencing. Although two of his lawyers were present, Fantino didn’t show. The judge took exception to his absence and fined Fantino twice – once for my case and once for McHale’s.
Unfortunately, I cannot report who the fines must be paid to, I cannot disclose the amount of the fines, nor can I explain the judge’s full reasoning for imposing them.
The fact Fantino was fined by the judge was in no way a comment on the relative merits of our cases before the Small Claims Court because the two are absolutely unrelated.
Fantino motion for ‘Summary Judgement’
Fantino’s lawyers will be arguing a motion for ‘Summary Judgement’ on June 23/09 in an attempt to convince the hearing judge (not the same judge who presided over today’s settlement conference) that our case has no merit and should be decided without holding a trial.
P.S. Today wasn’t a good day for Fantino; he failed – for the second time – to have an adjudicator removed from an OPP disciplinary hearing into his actions in laying charges against two senior officers under the Police Services Act:
- Yahoo News/Canadian Press, March 10/09: Fantino loses second bid to have adjudicator tossed from discipline case REPRINT
Mark Vandermaas, Editor