Thursday, May 8, 2008

Ex-cop who snubbed sex-abuse probe appeals contempt conviction, hires lawyer

TORONTO — A former police officer serving a jail sentence for refusing to testify at a public inquiry he helped spark is appealing his contempt conviction, but still has no plans to give evidence at the sex-abuse probe.

Perry Dunlop, who had previously represented himself, has engaged prominent Ottawa counsel Lawrence Greenspon to handle the appeal, which he initially filed himself as an inmate. Dunlop's personal challenge of his civil contempt conviction, which was spoken to in a Kingston, Ont., courtroom two weeks ago, has now been converted into what's called a solicitor's appeal under Greenspon.

"There is an appeal pending," Greenspon said in an interview.

The lawyer, who has just taken on the case, said he was still delving into the file and had few further details about the nature of the appeal.

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