Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Judicial Appointment Blows a Hole in Sorbara’s Legal Team

I noticed in a National Post item today that one of the lawyers who was supposed to help former Ontario finance minister Greg Sorbara restore his good name has been appointed to the bench.

On November 2, Federal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler announced that Frank Marrocco has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. As the Globe and Mail reported on November 9, “the rules of engagement on the bench, Mr. Marrocco learned that night [when Cotler informed him of the appointment], require lawyers to jettison cases immediately to minimize potential conflicts.”

So although Marrocco is not sworn in until December 14, Sorbara has been without his services for a month. The Post reports that Glen Hainey of Gowlings has taken over Sorbara’s file. According to Hainey’s bio at Gowlings’ website, he has had some interesting files, including representing the Government of Ontario at the Walkerton Inquiry, and acting as counsel to a “Canadian tobacco manufacturer in connection with class action proceedings brought on behalf of current and former smokers in the Province of Ontario.”

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