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Scott Quick goes free after Crown drops 1st degree murder charge

Ontario court judge previously ruled there was enough evidence for trial. Scott Quick, who was accused of allegedly running down his estranged wife with a minivan 11 years ago, will not stand trial for her murder.

'No reasonable prospect of prosecution'; Charges withdrawn against accused wife killer Scott Quick

Sarah Sacheli, Windsor Star

For 11 years, police believed Scott Douglas Quick was a cold-blooded killer who lay in wait for his estranged wife, running her down one morning in a minivan he’d stolen for that very purpose

Bob Probert’s final years

John Intini

The former NHLer put his off-ice struggles behind him and died a family man. In September 1999, about three years before his playing days in Chicago were over, Bob Probert and his wife, Dani, set their homecoming in motion.

Lawyers in cop gang sex assault case removed


Lawyers for two of the three Toronto Police officers charged last year with the gang sexual assault of a female parking enforcement officer have been removed from the case.

Leamington woman gets conditional discharge for Wheatley fire

Vicki Gough, Chatham Daily News

A Leamington woman has received a conditional discharge for the role she played in damaging property in Wheatley last summer.

Players begin receiving cheques

Allan Maki

Cheques are in the mail and cheques are being cashed as the National Hockey League Players' Association has begun paying back some of the money it collected to survive the 2004-05 lockout.

Trucker acquitted of importing cocaine

Craig Pearson

A Brampton trucker was found not guilty Monday of importing almost 70 kilograms of cocaine at the Ambassador Bridge three years ago. Karamjit Singh Grewal, 49, was found not guilty of importing the cocaine discovered in a hollowed out portion of a skid of lettuce.

Windsor lawyer helps ease drunk-driving law

Craig Pearson

Windsor lawyer Patrick Ducharme successfully argued on behalf of the Ontario Criminal Lawyers’ Association that some of the Conservative government’s 2008 Tackling Violent Crime Act was unconstitutional. “The accused is supposed to be presumed innocent,” Ducharme said. “But this atrocious piece of legislation presumed the accused was guilty.” Despite Friday’s law fine-tuning, Ducharme called the decision mixed. The so-called two-beer law — which prevented drivers whose blood-alcohol level tested over the legal limit of .08 from providing other evidence showing that they did not drink enough to be legally drunk — was upheld.

Trucker acquitted in 100 kilos of coke case

Craig Pearson

Kuldeep Singh Dharni, accused of smuggling 100 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of $10 million, was acquitted Friday of all charges. Superior Court Justice Thomas Carey even expressed sympathy that the 39-year-old Brampton trucker had to undergo such legal troubles since he was arrested three years ago when customs officers made the second-largest ever cocaine bust at the Ambassador Bridge.

Thoughts of an Advocate

By Patrick Ducharme

My work as an advocate has bestowed many benefits. One significant perk is that I have represented some very interesting and colorful characters. These short commentaries are easily documented publicly in newspapers, magazines, books or the Internet. Their public nature makes them quite unlike the private information communicated to a lawyer for obtaining legal advice, and permits commentary on the public aspects of my interaction with these former clients. Each of these individuals enriched my life, by their love of life and by the unique way they approached their role in society. The nineteenth century poet and essayist Matthew Arnold once wrote: “Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know and you shall attain to higher knowledge.” In the end, if we are to be true to ourselves and to this noble profession, we need only strive to fulfill this dictum.