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Lloyd Banks cleared of assault charges in Canada


It has been reported that G-Unit’s Lloyd Banks has been cleared off all criminal charges relating to an assault against club promoter Chris Hines in January of this year. The Queens, New York rapper, along with 3 other men, was charged with forceful confinement, aggravated assault and robbery. Banks was in Canada to perform and after the incident at the hotel, he was detained by customs officials along with his associates while returning home. Bank’s lawyer, Scott E. Leemon, Esq.. released a statement on his behalf: “Banks would like to thank his Canadian counsel, Patrick Ducharme, and the authorities in Ontario for ‘doing the right thing’ after a careful and neutral evaluation of the facts. It is good to see the system actually worked.”

Eye On Windsor: Crime, border spur long history of famous advocates

Written by Ron Stang

Perhaps it's the fact Windsor was one of historic Canada West's first administrative sites. Perhaps it's its border location with a freewheeling tradition of back-and-forth migration, commerce, and, not least of all, crime.

Being innocent always helps

By Mark Bonokoski

But a good lawyer makes all the difference in difficult drunk driving cases. So there he was last Sunday morning, reading the latest edition of the Windsor Star, when he comes across the story of a well-known bureaucrat in his city who had just walked away from an impaired driving rap. "Another example of the 'haves' and the 'have nots,' " he writes in an e-mail, and then he attaches a download of the newspaper clipping and the story which carried the headline, "Agnew cleared of drunk driving. " It's the optics, of course, that money talks and justice balks. True or otherwise.

Pampered athletes operate by their rules

by Gary Lamphier

Money can buy a lot of things, but it can't buy class. Those who have it exude quaint, old-fashioned traits such as grace under pressure, honesty and integrity, a capacity for humility and a willingness to face the music head-on, when appropriate.


by Mark Brender , thehockeynews.com

With Ted Saskin's leadership still the subject of simmering discontent among a group of dissident players, the NHL Players' Association is getting hit with potentially troublesome questions on another front. Los Angeles Kings forward Jeremy Roenick and retired players Bob Probert and Denis Savard are trying to find out what the union did with player dues and licensing money during their careers. They want to know if proper financial records and annual balance sheet were kept, as appears to be mandated by the NHLPA constitution, and if not, why not.

Legal "Dream Team"

by Alan Cairns, Toronto Sun

Six Toronto cops charged in the drug squad scandal have been given a legal "dream team" by the police union. The lawyers -- Harry Black, Peter Brauti, Tim Danson, Pat Ducharme, Alan Gold and Earl Levy -- are recognized as some of the best lawyers in Ontario, if not all of Canada. "All these guys have done so many notable cases," Brauti told the Sun. "It is an amazing crew of lawyers and it is one of the things I am going to love about doing this case."

Security tape clears Probert

by Sarah Sacheli (Windsor Star)

Former NHL tough guy Bob Probert, who was accused of assaulting a police officer at his Lakeshore home, was cleared of criminal charges Friday after a videotape of the July 1 altercation showed he did nothing wrong. The tape from Probert's home security system shows he was backing away from police when he was hit in the face with pepper spray, said assistant Crown attorney Tim Kavanaugh.

Balancing Act

by Monica Riehl

Booker T. Washington, an equal rights advocate and founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in the late 1800s, once said; "No man who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives is left long without proper reward." Whether or not Mr. Washington was correct in his assumption that the proper reward awaits all community contributors, it is inarguable that it should. It is also inarguable that Patrick Ducharme, criminal defence lawyer extraordinare, is due all the success that surrounds him for the contributions he makes in this community. As a lawyer for nearly 30 years and sessional lecturer for the faculty of law at the University of Windsor for close to 25 years, Ducharme's contributions have been moral, intellectual, material and abundant.

Activists Confident of Acquittals

by Ellen Van Wageningen

The lawyer representing the head of Windsor's largest CAW local and another union activist accused of violence during a strike-related protest says he expects their case to go to trial. "I'm hopeful in the end they'll be exonerated and there will be an indication that they didn't do anything wrong," Patrick Ducharme said Wednesday, after CAW Local 444 president Ken Lewenza and former CAW Local 1973 president Nick Dzudz made their first court appearance.

B.C. Premier's Son Acquitted

by Veronique Mandal

The son of B.C. Premier Ujjal Dosanjh walked out of a Windsor court Monday a free man - found not guilty of causing a disturbance and assaulting a police officer. Aseem Dosanjh fought back tears as he left the court, relieved to be able to resume his law career without the taint of a criminal conviction. Dosanjh's friend, Sanjit Parhar was also found not guilty of causing a disturbance. Both men were involved in a brawl outside a Windsor bar last April 29, after celebrating their graduation from the University of Windsor law school.