Ontario’s Law Society normalizing convicted pedophiles as lawyers

A Law Society Tribunal has once again approved a convicted and jailed pedophile to practice law in Ontario. Not only that, the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) supported the pedophile’s application during the tribunal hearing, agreeing that he meets the ‘good character’ standard for licensing. (Tribunal’s decision is here 425kb pdf)

With this latest in a series of similar approvals, it is apparent that the licensing of pedophiles and other convicted criminals as lawyers is, effectively, LSUC policy. Has the law society turned down any pedophile yet? I haven’t been able to find such a case in the archives.

Lawyer had child-sex videos showing 5-year-olds

Pedophile lawyer Ronald Davidovic

This time the pedophile applicant was Canadian-born Ronald Ori Davidovic – who was a Florida lawyer in 2004 when he was arrested and convicted for possessing and viewing thousands of child-sex videos and photos where the victims were as young as five years old.

That’s right – Davidovic is excited by five-year-old children. For years while he was a Florida lawyer, he collected child sex videos showing pre-pubescent children being abused in sexual acts.

Sentenced to five years in prison, and released after three, Davidovic is permanently registered as a sex offender the United States, but now wants to practice law in Ontario.

The Law Society of Upper Canada just declared convicted pedophile Ronald Davidovic to be ‘of good character’ and gave him the approval and support he needs to be licensed – this despite a medical diagnosis that his risk of re-offending is as high as 8.4%. The phrase ‘compulsive magnetic attraction to child pornography’ appears in Davidovic’s medical record.

Pedophile lawyer John David Coon

Will the law society pay damages when a known compulsive pedophile attacks a child while serving in his capacity as a lawyer? It happened before when the law society licensed known pedophile John David Coon, who again attacked a child while performing his duties as a lawyer.

Not having learned its lesson, the Law Society continues to license other pedophile lawyers (see Martin Schultz) with little regard for the public safety or the reputation of the legal profession.

This time, Chair Raj Anand and member Jan Richardson crafted the tribunal’s decision. LSUC prosecutor Amanda Worley also supported the applicant Davidovic.

The one dissenting voice against the pro-pedophile lobby was Tribunal member and criminal defense lawyer Paul M. Cooper.

The backgrounds of the individual tribunal members make for an interesting study.    

Tribunal Chair Raj Anand’s work centers around the human rights of minorities as well as youths, the mentally ill, drug addicts and other persons living on the edges of society. Jan Richardson has made a career of working with the homeless.

Could it be that Anand’s and Richardson’s natural inclination to view people as victims has clouded their judgment and caused them to ignore their duty to protect the public and the reputation of Ontario lawyers?

Odd man out Paul M. Cooper is a criminal lawyer who, like all criminal lawyers, probably has a healthy dose of reality when it comes to sorting the wolves from the sheep.

Mr. Cooper’s dissenting position is supported by law and common sense, but he was outnumbered by those who put children and families at risk to promote their social agendas and personal beliefs that everyone is good at heart and can be redeemed.

Law Society Tribunal members who approved licensing of pedophile Martin Schultz: (L-R) Sabita Maraj, Susan T. McGrath (chair), Frederika ‘Freddy’ M. Rotter.

There’s nothing new here, really. As the Toronto Star’s ‘Broken Trust’ series revealed, the Law Society of Upper Canada has covered up and whitewashed hundreds of cases where lawyers committed criminal acts against their clients.

The law society’s ‘good character’ licensing standard includes thieves, pedophiles and fraudsters. That is the way it is because the legal profession in Ontario lacks independent civilian oversight, transparency or outside accountability – and continues to ignore the profession’s duty to the public trust.

It is time to bring Ontario’s legal profession into compliance with modern standards of independent oversight and external accountability.

Written and published by Donald Best in Ontario, Canada

 

12 comments

  • No turning back for L-Suck

    Why wouldn’t the Law Society of Upper Canada want pedophiles as lawyers? They give law licenses to every other type of criminal and coverup when one of their club gets sticky fingers in the trust funds or gets caught lying to clients or the court. Why shouldn’t Ontario’s legal profession include kiddy diddlers too? The law society crossed a whole lot of lines a long time ago and there is no turning back.

    • So as well as all my normal worrying about my divorce I have to worry about whether my lawyer is kiddy diddler? How can you check if your lawyer has been to jail?

    • cover ups exposed

      Your comment is so true–they cover up for criminals thus putting our public safety at risk. Take for example the Muzzos (billionaire family) are related to the Rizzuttos (crime family of Montreal) by marriage who are then related by marriage to the Papalias (hamilton crime family) who are then related in marriage to the Musitanos(crime family in toronto and hamilton) and then when we google http://www.unchartered.ca and read up on that website and all its dealings with respect to FSCO and then the Ontario Securities commission and the slap on wrists they give to huge fraudsters with links to the Ontario Government then we read all this stuff about this law firm involved it gives each individual reader the chance to ask important questions—so google all the links given on this website and judge for yourself what type of cover ups there are and who protects who. Then as one poster states ask revenue canada why they are not concerned with a phony company that could include money laundering and a link to the law firm involved in this website and a link to the Ontario Government. Unless they do they cant be trusted either.

      • There is a lying lawyer in the law firm listed at unchartered.ca . They got rid of an important fax that the bugs in.the union hall would have recorded that she received and confirmed by the rep as receiving. lBoth the lawyer and rep caught lying at the lawyers office in front of the union president. No fax in the file and they pretended it was never received . They lied about a second meeting being held a lie confirned by an.email sent by the rep then forwarded to the lying lawyer. Caught in a web of deceit. What measures did they take along with IO washington and IO first district mississauga to cover up.their llies?? Do the police know ?

    • George Martin's ghost

      Why wouldn’t the Law Society of Upper Canada want pedophiles as lawyers?

      I can think of dozens of reasons, and I can think of dozens of reasons why the law society shouldn’t want to license thieves either. Why are we forced to have this conversation anyway? For what is wrong with the law society and lawyers today the example can’t get any clearer.

      • Spookingthecrooked

        While were on the subject of asking questions Mr. Best you were charged with contempt of court and served time in jail thereby causing you to never be able to work in law enforcement again and we know that contempt of court is an important court matter but when it comes to children and child pornography and sexual assault of children that is far more serious then the contempt of court (phony contempt of court in this case)but these lawyers are able to return to their fields for much serious charges.

        Does anyone see a problem here? In fact I think this whole website is loaded with problems for the judicial counsel of Canada, the OMAG, the law society of canada and ontario, the canadian government and especially these lawyers who began the incredible journey of obviously fabricating evidence and having an innocent man thrown in jail further compounded by a incompetent and then corrupt judge.

  • Take me in oh tender woman!

    Women are usually the ones who believe everyone can be saved. The song ‘The Snake’ comes to mind.

    Al Wilson, The Snake

    Lyrics:
    On her way to work one mornin’,
    Down a path alongside the lake,
    A tender-hearted woman,
    Saw a poor half-frozen snake.
    His pretty colored skin
    Had been all frosted with the dew,
    “Poor thing,” she cried, “I’ll take you in,”
    “And I’ll take care of you.”
    “Take me in, tender woman,
    Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
    Take me in, tender woman,”
    Sighed the snake.

    She wrapped him up all cozy,
    In a comforter of silk.
    And laid him by the fireside
    With some honey and some milk.
    Well she hurried home from work that night
    And soon as she arrived,
    She found that pretty snake
    She’d taken in had been revived.
    “Take me in, tender woman,

    Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
    Take me in, tender woman,”
    Sighed the snake.

    Now, she clutched him to her bosom,
    “You’re so beautiful,” she cried.
    “But if I hadn’t brought you in,
    By now you might have died.”
    Now she stroked his pretty skin again,
    And then kissed and held him tight.
    Instead of saying, “Thanks,”
    That snake gave her a vicious bite.
    “Take me in, tender woman,
    Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
    Take me in, tender woman,”
    Sighed the snake.

    “But, I saved you,” cried that woman,
    “And you’ve bitten me, but why?
    You know your bite is poisonous,
    And now I’m gonna die.”
    “Aw, shut up, silly woman,”
    Said that reptile, with a grin.
    “You knew damn well I was a snake,
    Before you brought me in.”
    “Please, take me in, oh, tender woman,
    Take me in, for heaven’s sake,
    Take me in, tender woman,”
    Sighed the snake.

  • UnF'ingBelievable!

    What is with the Law Society of Upper Canada that they can’t see how this plays on main street? Suppose the police, nurses, doctors or other respected professions allowed convicted pedophiles? The next time we hear the lawyers criticizing the police or any profession for their hiring standards, we should give it right back double. It’s bad enough that they let trust fund thieves stay in the legal profession but this is madness if lawyers want respect from Canadians.

  • Thank you for bringing this to our attention. What can the public do about this Donald?

    • Hi Judy,

      That is a great question – and I think I might finally have an answer.

      All of us who have been abused by the legal profession tell our stories individually – and there are thousands of similar stories online. It is good that we proclaim the truth about the disturbing amount of misconduct within the legal profession by both lawyers and former lawyers now called ‘judges’. It is also good when we expose the coverups by law societies and the courts as the profession protects its members even at the expense of the credibility of the justice system.

      It is good that we shame the legal profession for its arrogance and abandonment of the rule of law and the public trust.

      But where does that get us, apart from raising awareness with the public about the extent of the corruption?

      As well as exposing the reality of the legal profession, we need to communicate what will stop the abuse. We need to clearly state what changes Canadians desire. And, we must change our ‘desires’ or ‘wishes’ for the legal community to demands for change.

      Canadians should demand that the laws be changed so the legal profession complies with modern standards of independent oversight and external accountability.

      It is no longer acceptable to have this powerful profession that exerts influence and authority into every area of Canadian life – overseeing itself without transparency, independent civilian oversight and external accountability to Canadians at large.

      We don’t allow the police to operate without external oversight and accountability, and neither should the legal profession that is far more powerful and far more subject to abuse of authority than any police officer or policing organization.

      Canadians must DEMAND laws that will force upon the legal profession real transparency, independent civilian oversight and external accountability to Canadians at large. Self-regulation of lawyers must end.

      Donald

  • Will be published on my blog as well with your permission

    • Hi Arif,

      You may re-publish any of my work as long as the words are exactly as they are on my website. Also please give credit and a link back here.

      Thanks!

      Donald

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