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Iqaluit lawyer appeals contempt of court ruling, calls it ‘miscarriage of justice’ – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on May 3, 202352 Views

May 3, 2023

Although she was acquitted, Crown lawyer Emma Baasch argues judgment has put her in ‘legal jeopardy’ before Nunavut Law Society

An Iqaluit Crown lawyer acquitted of contempt of court earlier this year has filed an appeal, asking for the judgment to be voided and calling the case a miscarriage of justice.

Emma Baasch and RCMP Cpl. Andrew Kerstens were cited by Judge Paul Bychok for contempt of court in the arrest of a man at the Iqaluit courthouse last year.

Robert Joseph Campbell was set to be tried for assault causing bodily harm July 13, but was arrested that morning for allegedly interfering with a witness.

Kerstens argued it was in the public interest to arrest Campbell. Bychok disagreed, saying the arrest interfered with Campbell’s right to attend his trial and was an insult to the integrity of the Nunavut Court of Justice.

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