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Killer professor wins waiver of $50 fee; court access critical, judge rules

TORONTO - A notorious inmate serving a life sentence for gunning down university faculty should be able to file an appeal related to his prison conditions without paying a $50 fee given his financial straits, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled. Waiving the required fee for Valery Fabrikant won't, as the government argued, open the floodgates for other prisoners crying poor, the court decided. The decision, which in part cites tracts going back to the days of King Henry VII, notes important principles around access to the courts.

Football: New Hillsborough inquests give hope to victims' families

Fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football supporters were crushed to death, begin in northwest England on Monday after the initial verdicts were quashed amid claims of a police cover-up. The families of Liverpool supporters who died in Britain's worst sporting disaster will gather in a purpose-built court near Warrington, east of Liverpool, after a two-decade fight to overturn the accidental death verdicts handed down at the initial 1991 inquiry.

Ex-Deutsche Bank exec 'anxious' about probes before suicide

A former top executive at Deutsche Bank, who committed suicide in January, was worried about investigations into Germany's biggest lender, an inquest into his death heard on Tuesday. William Broeksmit, a 58-year-old American who was well-known in the world of banking and retired in February last year, hanged himself at his London home, the Royal Courts of Justice in London was told. He was "anxious about various authorities investigating areas of the bank where he worked," his psychologist said in written evidence heard by the inquest.

Inquest on Kercher death ends in UK seven years on

Legal proceedings in England in the case of the murdered British exchange student Meredith Kercher came to an end on Tuesday, more than six years after her death in Italy. In a five-minute hearing to wrap up the case, an inquest found that Kercher died "unlawfully" on the night of November 1, 2007 in Perugia. In January, US citizen Amanda Knox, 26, and Italian Raffaele Sollecito, 29, had their previously-overturned guilty verdicts for Kercher's murder reinstated at Italy's highest court.

Woman who sued divorce lawyer after ignoring advice hit with hefty legal bill

TORONTO - A woman who unsuccessfully sued her divorce lawyer for negligence after ignoring the legal advice she was given will have to foot a smaller but still hefty legal bill, Ontario's top court ruled Thursday. In upholding a lower court decision that rejected the lawsuit, the Ontario Court of Appeal found the trial judge erred in ordering Louise Marcus to pay more than $160,000 in legal costs. Instead, the court ordered Marcus, of Ottawa, to pay lawyer Carol Ann Cochrane $60,000 for trial costs, and another $20,000 for the appeal.

Excerpts from Rob Ford's statement of defence in jailhouse beating lawsuit

TORONTO - Rob Ford is facing a lawsuit from his sister's ex-boyfriend Scott MacIntyre, who alleges the mayor arranged to have him beaten in jail. Ford filed his statement of defence Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the document obtained by The Canadian Press:

Excerpts from Rob Ford's statement of defence in jailhouse beating lawsuit

TORONTO - Rob Ford is facing a lawsuit from his sister's ex-boyfriend Scott MacIntyre, who alleges the mayor arranged to have him beaten in jail. Ford filed his statement of defence Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the document obtained by The Canadian Press:

UK guards charged over death of Angolan deportee

British prosecutors said Thursday they would bring manslaughter charges against three guards from private security firm G4S over the death of an Angolan man while he was being deported. An inquest last year found that Jimmy Mubenga, 46, was unlawfully killed after he was restrained with "unreasonable force" by the guards in October 2010 on a British Airways flight to Angola. The plane was stopped on the runway at London's Heathrow Airport after he was found to have stopped breathing.

B.C.'s chief coroner says inquest is best way to look into sawmill blast

VICTORIA - Days after the victims and families of a deadly sawmill explosion in north-central British Columbia appeared at the legislature to plead for an independent public inquiry, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said an inquest is the best way to find answers about the tragedy. Two people died and 19 others were injured in the fire and subsequent explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake in January 2012. WorkSafeBC concluded the blast was partially caused by an accumulation of wood dust.

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick seeks damages in lawsuit against province

FREDERICTON - Enbridge Gas has filed a lawsuit against the New Brunswick government alleging it lost money because of changes made to a law that regulates the development of the province's gas distribution system. In its statement of claim filed in the Court of Queen's Bench, Enbridge says amendments in 2012 to the Gas Distribution Act eliminated a deferral account from rate calculations made by the provincial Energy and Utilities Board.
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