John J. Robinette: Peerless Mentor: An Appreciation by George D. Finlayson

By George D. Finlayson

John J. Robinette, Canada’s maximum trial attorney, used to be well-liked and revered by means of the bench and his fellow legal professionals alike. A quiet, unassuming guy outdoors the court, he used to be a consummate performer while showing earlier than a pass judgement on and jury.

Robinette turned a loved ones identify because the defender of Evelyn Dick, who was once charged with killing her husband and child son in Hamilton in 1946, and of Steven Suchan, a member of the notorious Boyd Gang. He used to be Canada’s pre-eminent legal professional from the Nineteen Thirties to the Eighties, displaying unheard of versatility and virtuosity no matter if appearing as information in felony, civil, or constitutional instances, at either the trial and allure degrees. this is often the tale of a good guy, of the maturing of the felony career in Canada, and of Canada within the 20th century.

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