Musings —11.10.2015 01:49 PM—
I have to be careful, here, but I wanted to let readers know that a complaint has been made against me by the office of the Ontario Ombudsman – using taxpayer resources, and on official Ontario Ombudsman letterhead – to the law society.
I don’t want to get into all the details – yet. But, suffice to say that (for now) unidentified person(s) in the office of the Ontario Ombudsman want to get me disbarred. For things I have written, and comments some of you have made.
1. I have taken down all Andre Marin-related posts for the time being. My expectation is that they will be back up soon. I want to respect the Law Society’s process.
2. I will not – will not – ever provide identifying information about critics of Marin or his former office who have previously commented on this web site. My strong sense is that is precisely what the complainant(s) are after, but they’re not going to get it from me. I’ll go to jail first.
3. I intend to fight this every step of the way. It is a clear attempt to shut me up, and some of you, too. It is a case of official(s) using public resources – taxpayer money – to silence a critic, on a personal web site that has nothing whatsoever to do with the practice of law. If this thing goes ahead, I will insist on a public hearing, to which the media and several benchers will be invited. The complainant(s) will be very, very sorry.
Law Society rules exist to protect clients from lawyers who act in a way that is criminal or unethical. Law Society rules don’t exist to censor private critics of public officials.
P.S. If you’re a lawyer who wants to help out, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to donate to help defray costs, too, there’s a “donate” button, to the left. Thanks in advance for whatever support you can offer.