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Actions against Cho proliferate

Yamri Taddese - Monday, September 1, 2014

Property buyers who are out $15 million in deposit money are eyeing the Law Society of Upper Canada’s compensation fund as the civil lawsuits proliferate amid lawyer Meerai Cho’s arrest on fraud charges last week.
Cho is facing 75 charges related to fraud over $5,000, possession of property obtained by fraud, and breach of trust. She says she transferred the purchasers’ deposit funds, which she was holding in trust, to her client, who was the developer of a North York building. She claims she transferred the money to Joseph Lee through an honest mistake due to her inexperience. Police released Cho on a promise to appear in court on Oct. 2 shortly after her arrest on Tuesday.

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Inside Story

Monday, September 1, 2014

A recent law graduate who challenged royal succession rules barring Catholics from ascending to the throne has lost his appeal.

Bryan Teskey took his matter to the appeal court after Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland found he didn’t have standing to challenge the royal succession rules.

In a decision last week, the appeal court agreed with Hackland’s finding.

“We agree with Hackland R.S.J. that Mr. Teskey’s application does not raise justiciable issues and that Mr. Teskey lacked standing to bring the application,” the court said in Teskey v. Canada (Attorney General).

“The rules of succession are a part of the fabric of the constitution of Canada and incorporated into it and therefore cannot be trumped or amended by the Charter, and Mr. Teskey does not have any personal interest in the issue raised (other than being a member of the Roman Catholic faith) and does not meet the test for public interest standing.”


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