Rafferty appeal to move forward with publicly funded lawyer

Appeal Court Justice calls case too complex for Rafferty to handle on his own...

Ontario's top court has ruled that the public should fund a bid by Michael Rafferty to appeal his convictions in the murder of eight-year-old Victoria Stafford.

Appeal Court Justice Marc Rosenberg ruled today that Rafferty's case is too complex for Rafferty to handle on his own with the assistance of duty counsel.

Rosenberg says in his decision that it's in the interests of justice that Rafferty have a lawyer for his appeal and either Legal Aid Ontario or the government should pay.

Rafferty has been turned down four times by Legal Aid since his convictions in May 2012 for first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping in the Woodstock, Ont., girl's death.

Rosenberg has ordered Rafferty's case sent back to Legal Aid for reconsideration, but if it still refuses, Rafferty's lawyer should be paid by the attorney general for Ontario.

Lawyer Paul Calarco argued at the Appeal Court earlier this month that one ground for Rafferty's appeal is that the jury should have considered that he might have been only an accessory after the fact to Tori's brutal murder.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 12/10/2013 01:31 PM
    I volunteer to pay for his lawyer and legal bills.

    But only if you put him into general population for one day, and he happens to survive that day. I'm betting that he won't.
  2. john posted on 12/10/2013 01:45 PM
    if thay let the gen pop i will pay for that baseball bats . besides playing baseball . what els would it be for ?
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 12/10/2013 03:27 PM
    This man should pay for his own legal bills HE incurred by working every single day in prison to make it back- let him work overtime if need be. This is utterly disgusting.
    Let him make the money back behind bars- don't foot us with the bill to help him out.
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