Finally, an appeal for sanity from Frank Addario, top-shelf legalist for embattled Federal Court Justice Robin “Knees Together” Camp (Franks passim).
Frank (no relation) is representing the rebarbative rock spider during his suspension and judicial review for that shambolic 2014 rape case in which he not only blamed the victim for not fighting off her much larger alleged attacker, but repeatedly referred to her as “the accused,” and throughout offered up his own highly quotable brand of sex advice (“Sex and pain sometimes go together,” etc, etc.)
Rather than appreciate Justice Camp as a breath of Jurassic fresh air in this age of stifling political correctness, an ever-increasing number of law profs are calling for his bony noggin on a platter, and, as Addario points out, it’s all so terribly unfair.
“He cannot defend himself or rebut these attacks in the media,” he complained to the Globe and Minion. “This is why professional conduct rules across Canada place ‘special responsibility’ on lawyers criticizing judges.”
Duly noted. And while Justice Camp may be yet another of Peter MacKay’s retrograde hard-right practical jokes on the Canadian judiciary, when it comes to counsel, he’s a wicked smart shopper.
With his robes on the line, Hizzoner could ill afford to throw his business the way of one of his bible-thumpin’, homo-hatin’ pals at the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms.
Before his appointment to the bench, Camp was a member of the advisory council of the JCCF, last best hope of white Christian pro-life heterosexualists to free themselves from the tyranny of the minorities.
A remarkable number of JCCF knobs received judicial preferment from the Tories, notably Supreme Court Santa Russell Brown and Ontario Court of Appeal Judge Bradley Miller (Franks passim).
One can only imagine what the boys at the JCCF make of the Addario-Camp alliance. The coruscating legalist is more accustomed to assisting at-risk young gentlemen o’ colour with firearms and murder charges, or m’ludding around the Supreme Court on behalf of such lefty-lib cabals as the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Labour Congress.
The Toronto Police Board tapped Addario to help make their carding regime a teensy bit less overtly racist. Now he’s repping a white Seth Efrican whose decision to move to Canada coincided with the end of Apartheid and the election of the ANC – not that there’s anything wrong with that!
Addario will also appear Dec. 14 for Tooba Mohammad Yahya at the Ontario Court of Appeal in her bid for a new trial in the Shafia honour killings, arguing her conviction in the drowning murders of her husband Mohammad Shafia’s first wife and three teenage daughters was tainted by “overwhelmingly prejudicial evidence” and “cultural stereotyping.”
Hey, it’s worth a shot. Addario managed to get Sudbury high school teacher Richard Cole, er, off on a kiddie porn charge in 2012, when the Supreme Court ruled the discovery of naked photos of one of his underage students on his work laptop had violated his pervy privacy.
With lawyerin’ like this, Justice Camp should be banging the old gavel again in no time!