Prominent international legal group raps Harper over Supreme Court feud

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TORONTO - An international group of judges and lawyers is condemning Prime Minister Stephen Harper for unfairly criticizing the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The International Commission of Jurists says Harper and Justice Minister Peter MacKay should apologize for impugning her integrity.

At issue are Harper government comments made after Beverley McLachlin tried to flag potential problems with the proposed appointment of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court.

Harper and MacKay suggested McLachlin had behaved inappropriately by trying to discuss the issue with them.

The Geneva-based commission said the prime minister's comments were unwarranted and an encroachment on the independence of the courts.

The commission investigated after a complaint by Canadian lawyers and law professors.

Organizations: Supreme Court, International Commission of Jurists

Geographic location: TORONTO

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