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Judge ponders controversial blogger's case

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A Queen's Bench judge reserved his decision on whether to send a controversial Internet blogger to jail following a hearing Tuesday.

Chief Justice Glenn Joyal ended Tuesday's hearing without deciding if Gordon Warren is in contempt of court for breaching an injunction that prohibits him from communicating in any way about local developers Sandy and Robert Shindleman and their business interests.

The Shindlemans said Warren continued to blog about them following Joyal's verbal order of April 8, and the only way to stop him is to send him to jail for six months and to seize his computer.

Warren, who represented himself, told Joyal he didn't understand the verbal order and only received a copy of the April 24 written order in late May.

Warren said he tried to comply with the order, adding that the Shindlemans are only interested in punishing him.

Warren said he's been unable to get a lawyer: He can't afford to hire one; Legal Aid has turned him down; and no one is willing to take on his case. Warren said the law requires Joyal to appoint a lawyer for him if he's considering sending him to jail.

Joyal did not give a date for a decision.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2013 A6

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