Monday medley: Omar Khadr's bail battle and an aboriginal marriage law sparks protest

An Alberta judge granted bail to Omar Khadr in April.

Our Monday roundup of legal news includes the latest twist in the battle between Ottawa and Omar Khadr, and an odd protest against a long-standing aboriginal law.

Ottawa confirms Khadr bail fight

The federal government is pulling out all the stops to keep Omar Khadr behind bars.

The latest twist in his never-ending legal saga came late Sunday when Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney confirmed that Ottawa plans to seek an emergency stay of bail for the former Guantanamo Bay inmate.

An Alberta judge ruled last month that the 28-year-old Khadr should be released while he appeals his U.S. war crimes conviction. Reports indicate that Khadr’s been a model prisoner, but Ottawa insists he represents a threat to Canadians.

Government lawyers are seeking the stay on Tuesday, just hours before a different hearing intended to set out Khadr’s bail conditions.

Aboriginal law opposition

An ugly and unusual protest occurred at a Quebec Mohawk reserve this weekend as spouses and traditionalists clash over a native law.

Specifically, protesters are demanding a couple abide by the long-standing rule that anyone who married outside the tribe must leave the reserve.

It’s a law that’s been on the books at Kahnawake since 1981, although not strongly enforced. It’s become more of a flashpoint in recent years as many mixed couples were served with eviction notices.

The weekend protest saw dozens camp outside Marvin and Terry McComber’s home and spray-paint graffiti on their house and their daughter’s car.

The McCombers have joined seven other couples in mounting a legal challenge to the band law.


Reduce $430k price tag for fraud: lawyer

A former Quebec lieutenant governor who defrauded taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars shouldn’t have to pay back all the money the Crown demands, her lawyer says.

Marc Labelle wants a sentence reduction for Lise Thibault, who pleaded guilty to fraud and breach of trust last December. Those charges could net the 76-year-old a maximum 19 years in jail, and the Crown also wants her to repay $430,000 in improper expense claims.

Labelle says she “only” owes $250,000, and is also requesting a sentence served in the community instead of jail.

A joint report for federal and provincial auditors general said Thibault really owes more than $700,000.

Teacher canned for backpack cam

An Ontario teacher is out of a job after allegedly using a hidden camera concealed in a backpack to film a school changeroom.

Cops charged Jamie Gardner after finding film of more than 18 women and girls. He now faces 17 charges including voyeurism and possessing child pornography.

The Thames Valley District School Board fired Gardner last week and he’s due in court later this month.

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