Disability and the Law

On June 21, 2012, in Montreal, Quebec, by Rosalie McLachlin

There’s strange news out of Quebec these days with three tales of murder, extradition, and disabilities all strangely linked.

The one getting the most media attention, of course, is about the dismemberment murderer, Luka Magnotta, just extradited from Germany and now awaiting trial at the Rivière-des-Prairies Detention Centre near Montreal. Magnotta, a part-time porn star and model, fled the country several weeks ago after murdering Jun Lin, then dismembering his body, and mailing body parts to various political parties around the country.

Another story follows the first-time news (in Canadian history) that a judge has been charged with first-degree murder. Jacques Delisle was tried for first-degree murder for killing his disabled wife, Marie-Nicole Rainville in an attempt to avoid a 1.4 million dollar divorce settlement. Now 77, he faces an automatic life sentence. Delisle has practiced law in Quebec for over 50 years and served as a Superior Court judge and later promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal. He retired in 2009.

Finally, Eric Bedard, 36, is awaiting a court decision to extradite him for drug charges in the United States. If extradited, he faces 12 years in U.S. prison after being charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana and ecstasy in large quantities. Born in Montreal, Bedard suffers from polyostotic fibrous dysplasia, a rare congenital bone disease, and is confined to a wheelchair. His condition is so delicate that his bones can break on touch.

Despite assurances from American authorizes that he unjust or oppressive would be properly cared for, Bedard’s lawyer plans to appeal extradition as it would be “unjust or oppressive”. To complicate the case, Bedard has also been charged in Quebec with impaired driving causing bodily harm (he drives?), and was arrested and released with certain conditions, but then failed to appear at his January hearing, because “he feared extradition”.

By contrast, your life may seem less complicated than the above three examples. If you have had a disability claim denied, however, you need the expert advice of a lawyer who can discuss your claim with you. Knowing your rights, (including the merits of your case, your legal options, and expected time lines), will bring you the peace of mind and the settlement you deserve. Contact us about a qualified disability claim lawyer in your area today.

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