Four years after pleading guilty to a flurry of indictable offenses a Toronto Paralegal is expected to surrender his licence.
William Byron Luther, a Scarborough paralegal was recently found to have committed professional misconduct and conduct unbecoming of a paralegal.
In its recent Nov. 8 Tribunal Decision, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Tribunal looked over Luther’s numerous legal troubles in the past, which included harassment communications and breaches of firearm regulations in June 2013.
Later that year, in September, Luther pleaded guilty to harassment, wilfully obstructing a peace officer and failing to comply with a recognizance. Evidence also suggests Luther counseled a witness to lie to the police.
Ultimately he was given a suspended sentence for his offences, with 18 months probation.
To the Law Society, though, it appears Luther might have already been deemed a liability and his ability to practice law was suspended in April 2013, two months before the police got involved.
Nevertheless, Luther continued showing up to court despite his suspension all those years ago. First it was for a Settlement Conference for a client of his in London in May of 2014, and then later he arrived in Peteborough Court to represent an accused person despite the suspension.
In 2014, he was still showing up to Small Claims Court, contrary to the LSUC’s Rule 6.01(7).
According to Luther, it was all just a big mistake, and he chalked up the suspension as a mere “administrative error”.
“He knew that not to be the case,” writes the Tribunal’s recent decision.
Far before he was criminally charged with anything, the LSUC pointed out there was substantial evidence to indicate he was sending “abusive and offensive emails to a client” as far back as 2012.
In order to maintain integrity of the profession, the LSUC cut its ties to Luther, especially as a result of his criminal convictions in 2013.
While Luther doesn’t have any fines to pay to the LSUC, the Tribunal ordered that he must surrender his licence by Dec. 8, or they’ll take it away from him on the next day.
Correction: An earlier version of this story indicated Luther was called to the bar. That fact has since been corrected to indicate he was licenced as a paralegal in 2008.
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