Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Is Fantino is above the Law?

Dec 08, 2008 06:11 PM

A three-judge panel has decided OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino does not have to continue testifying at a disciplinary hearing against two officers.

Fantino was due back on the cross-examination hot seat tomorrow morning.

Fantino's lawyers asked the Divisional Court panel to set aside an earlier ruling that the disciplinary proceedings should go ahead.

They wanted the stay until they can appeal to the courts next month that the adjudicator in the hearings is biased against Fantino and the panel agreed.

The officers' lawyer called the stay action an unprecedented attempt by Fantino to avoid further cross-examination about his handling of their situation.

The lawyer said there was no evidence the adjudicator was biased, and accused Fantino and his legal team of "cagey chess playing".

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