Media outlet allowed to remain at CFS custody trial despite ‘blatant breach’ of law
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This article was published 04/06/2009 (4986 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Child and Family Services tried to have a Winnipeg media outlet kicked out of a high-profile child custody case this morning after they broadcast sensitive information that shouldn’t have been made public.
An agency lawyer told court they had lost faith that Global “could adhere to the directions of the court and the letter of the law” after the names of parties involved in the case were shown in a nationally-televised report last Friday.
Court documents showing the names were also placed on Global’s website for four days until being removed earlier this week.
Bill Haight, a lawyer representing the network, offered a “full and complete apology” to the court for what he called an “inadvertent error.”
He said Global has taken steps to ensure their stories are better screened and edited before making it to air. Haight noted a company representative flew in from British Columbia to attend court this morning to show they are taking the matter seriously.
“It is unfortunate, it is embarrassing for Global,” said Haight.
The judge hearing the case declined to exclude Global from covering the remainder of the trial, despite finding they committed a “blatant breach” of the law.
But she warned that no further mistakes would be tolerated and noted they still could face still legal sanctions. The CFS lawyer told court they may ask the prosecution’s brand to consider charging Global under the Child and Family Services Act, which can carry a maximum penalty of $50,000.
A lawyer representing the man trying to regain custody of his daughter and stepson said she will also be pushing for charges and questioned why Global wasn’t apologizing to her client for illegally making his name public.
Mike McIntyre grew up wanting to be a professional wrestler. But when that dream fizzled, he put all his brawn into becoming a professional writer.