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April 16, 2018

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Page 16 April 16, 2018 • lAw Times u Bizarre Briefs By Viola James u The InsIde story "Perhaps, going forward, we should consider devoting more of our resources to off-line dispute resolution." BURGLAR RENTS OUT BROKEN-IN HOME SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. — After a break-in investigation, a 35-year-old Marysville man faces charges for allegedly breaking into a home and creating an elaborate scheme to swin- dle renters out of money, reports KIRO7. The Snohomish County Prosecutor's Office says that Matthew Robert Paul is facing several charges including theft and obtaining a signa- ture by deception, reports the news outlet. Last April, Paul allegedly broke into a resi- dence on Hermosa Beach Road near Tulalip Bay with the knowledge that the owners were away in Mexico and redecorated the house. He then allegedly scammed five people out of $5,285 to renovate and rent the home, accord- ing to police. The house belonged to the Dunn family. The son, Matt Dunn, suspects that Paul found his parents' spare key to gain entry to the residence. "To hear something like that really made me mad. Just using somebody's house is dirt-bag- gish to begin with," he said. "Going the extra mile and trying to gain from it? It's really crazy." Paul masqueraded as the Dunn's house sitter and disappeared when one of the victims had an inquiry about the house. Paul attempted to cash cheques from the scammed renters in exchange for drugs, accord- ing to police. Paul was also caught with stolen electron- ics valued at more than $1,000 from the Dunn property. He is expected to appear in court on April 19. FLIGHT HOBBY KAIYUAN, China — A man in northeastern China who always wanted to own an aircraft is doing the next best thing: building a full-scale replica of an Airbus A320 jet. Reuters reports that Zhu Yue, an aviation buff who worked as a welder and an auto me- chanic, spent months studying plane models and technical drawings before he started build- ing a homemade version a year ago with his friends. Zhu, 40, who lives in the city of Kaiyuan in Liaoning province, said he planned to turn the replica into an aviation-themed restaurant. "I want to make sure the plane is created with finesse and be the best A320 model in China," he said. The replica — 37.8 metres long with a wing- span of 36 metres and height of 12 metres — will feature model engine turbines that can rotate and a simulation cockpit, he added. Zhu, who has so far used 40 tonnes of steel on his project, hopes to complete it by the end of the year. According to Reuters, he has spent more than $200,000 building the project. COCAINE WITH THE WIND FORT PIERCE, Fla. — A Florida woman who was arrested in March for possessing drugs blamed the cocaine found in her purse on the wind, reports Local 10 News. "I don't know anything about any cocaine. It's a windy day," said Kennecia Posey, 26. "It must have f lown through the window and into my purse." Posey was a passenger in a swerving car when Fort Pierce police stopped it on March 21. When an officer approached the vehicle and could smell marijuana from the inside of the car, he allegedly found marijuana and cocaine in different bags contained in the purse on Posey's lap, according to the police report. Posey confessed that she owned the mari- juana but not the cocaine. Posey was taken to the county jail for one count of cocaine possession and a misdemean- or count of possessing marijuana. She was released on bond shortly after, re- ports Local 10 News. LT SABA ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT Lawyer Jennifer Asnani has been elected to serve as the next president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. Asnani, who was called the bar in 2010, is director and legal counsel with Choice Properties REIT. She previously worked with Loblaw Companies Lim- ited and led the Weston Group Legal's diversity and inclu- sions committee for two years — a role she says will assist in her ability to lead SABA Toronto. Asnani says she is looking to continue the work SABA does in tackling issues that relate to the South Asian legal community in partnership with other equity-seeking groups. She says she is also interested in having SABA create direct ties with the community. "We have social responsibility to give back to the South Asian community as a whole in our capacity as lawyers and members of the South Asian community," she says. Asnani is replacing Hafeez Amarshi, who resigned from the position after he was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in February. Aarondeep Bains of Aird & Berlis LLP was elected to replace Asnani as vice president. Asnani and Bains will serve in their roles for the remainder of the current term, which ends in August. LEAF FILES FACTUM IN VOYEURISM CASE The Women's Legal Educa- tion and Action Fund has filed its factum at the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that involves whether a high school teacher committed voyeurism when he secretly filmed female students. The organization is inter- vening in R. v. Jarvis, after the Court of Appeal found that the teacher had not committed voy- eurism, as he had filmed the stu- dents at school where they did not have a reasonable expecta- tion of privacy. LEAF is asking the court to "apply an equality lens to the interpretation of the voyeur- ism provision, which takes into account the highly gendered nature of this crime" and to adopt a broader definition of the circumstances that give rise to a reasonable expectation of privacy. The organization has said that the Court of Appeal's deci- sion "ref lects a victim-blaming mentality." LEGAL CLINIC JOINS SOCIETY OF UNITED PROFESSIONALS The Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic has joined the Society of United Profes- sionals. Lawyers and employees of the community-based legal clinic voted to join the union after it launched a campaign to represent Legal Aid Ontario lawyers. 28 % NO, I DO NOT AGREE YES, I AGREE 72 % LAW TIMES POLL Lawyers are calling on the Law Society of Ontario to con- firm whether it considers sys- temic factors when determining whether Indigenous candidates meet the good character require- ment to become a lawyer. Readers were asked whether they agree with this move. Roughly 72 per cent said yes, asking the regulator to look at whether the requirement im- poses a discriminatory barrier to admission for Indigenous ap- plicants is a good move. The remaining 28 per cent said no, this is not advisable. LT Jennifer Asnani is the next president of the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. Legal News at Your Fingertips Sign up for the Canadian Legal Newswire today for free and enjoy great content from the publishers of Canadian Lawyer, Law Times, Canadian Lawyer InHouse and Lexpert. Visit THE LATEST NEWS THE BEST COMMENTARY DELIVERED WEEKLY FOR READING ON ANY DEVICE Untitled-5 1 2018-04-11 9:56 AM

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