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Blogger found in contempt of court

BLOGGER Gordon Warren edged closer to jail Wednesday after he was found in contempt of court.

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal said he was satisfied Warren had deliberately and repeatedly violated the terms of an injunction he had issued April 8 that prohibited Warren from writing on his blog or in any other format about businessmen brothers Sandy and Robert Shindleman, their character or their business interests.

But Joyal also gave Warren the summer to clean up his act before deciding whether he's going to jail.

Joyal will make his decision Aug. 28.

The injunction is part of the Shindlemans' defamation suit against Warren, who has repeatedly alleged the brothers are involved in a criminal conspiracy with Mayor Sam Katz and several other local business people -- all but one of them Jewish -- to steal money from city hall through a series of allegedly improper land deals.

The Shindlemans want Joyal to sentence Warren to six months in jail and seize his computer for violating the injunction.

 

Archbishop's sex-assault trial adjourned

THE trial of an Orthodox archbishop charged with sexually assaulting two 11-year-old brothers during the summer of 1985 was adjourned to September.

Defence counsel for Seraphim Storheim requested additional time to prepare a defence after Justice Christopher Mainella ruled earlier this week the testimony of the brothers could be used in weighing each other's allegations.

Defence counsel Jeff Gindin told court Wednesday he is considering bringing in an expert witness in the fall and possibly other witnesses.

Storheim could also take the stand.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 20, 2013 A9

History

Updated on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 11:23 AM CDT: An earlier version of this story included a description of Warren's statements at the centre of the defamation suit brought against him by Sandy and Robert Shindleman. The Free Press did not intend to suggest Warren's statements were true. Warren filed no statement of defence to the Shindleman claim and was noted in default.

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