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  • California Pete from NFLD
    May 10, 2012 - 14:09

    So true Herb. My answer is never

  • Don II
    May 10, 2012 - 08:41

    It appears that it does not matter one iota whether you hire a lawyer or represent yourself in Court in Newfoundland and Labrador. With very few exceptions, in cases where you are charged with a Criminal Code offense or you are involved in a civil lawsuit against the Government of Newfoundland, a Town Council or an Agency of Government, YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE unless you have ironclad evidence which the Government cannot destroy, suppress, conceal, lie about or successfully refute. The legal system in Newfoundland covers up lawyer incompetence, misconduct and fraud unless the violation is so egregious that it cannot be tolerated. Ineffective representation and gross over billing for legal services is common in Newfoundland and Labrador. It appears there are cases where serious complaints against lawyers made over 5 years ago have NEVER been investigated or resolved. It appears that the Crockwell matter was mishandled from the start by the RCMP and the CROWN and he should never have been charged. Unless you are lucky enough to appear before a Judge who has not already made up his/her mind, does not have a dislike of you personally, is paying attention to what is going on in Court or is an ethical, moral and honest person, you have no chance of winning or getting a fair trial in Newfoundland and Labrador. Period! That is why most people settle their civil case, plead guilty whether they did the crime or not and just take the hit from the corrupt and incompetent legal system that passes for Justice in Newfoundland and Labrador!

  • ICECAPSFAN
    May 10, 2012 - 08:32

    Please fans WEAR WHITE clothing to the remainder of the ICECAPS PLAYOFF GAMES. Players and Organization are asking for a WHITE OUT, wear WHITE SHIRTS to participate in WHITE OUT MILE ONE. Spread the word !!

  • Herb Morrison
    May 10, 2012 - 07:54

    American Lawyer Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) is said to have stated: "Any person who represents themself in a court of law has a fool for a client." As Mr. Buckingham's example aptly illustrates, people who are professionally; trained stand to have the best chance of success, in such cases.