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Missing Women lawyer fires back over defamation lawsuit 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Lawyer Cameron Ward replied on his blog Monday to a civil suit filed against him by RCMP Cpl. Jim Brown's lawyer, which claimed Ward's online posts have been defamatory. (SCREEN GRAB)

Lawyer Cameron Ward replied on his blog Monday to a civil suit filed against him by RCMP Cpl. Jim Brown's lawyer, which claimed Ward's online posts have been defamatory. (SCREEN GRAB)

The lawyer who represented families in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry has published another blog post about RCMP Cpl. Jim Brown after the latter filed suit against him, which claims his online posts were “false and defamatory.”

Lawyer Cameron Ward’s post responded to a civil suit filed against him and three others last week that claims several posts on cameronward.com could suggest Brown is “closely and criminally associated with Robert Pickton,” among other serious allegations.

Brown has been headlining media coverage since summer, when many pictures depicting the Mountie in bondage scenes with women were published and resulted in the RCMP initiating a code of conduct investigation. He’s seeking costs for damages and to restrain the defendants from publishing further material about him.

Ward, meanwhile, has been adamant that Brown should have testified at the Missing Women’s Inquiry and has called for an inquiry reopening to question Brown’s links to a Pickton informant.

“If he had been called as a witness, Cpl. Brown could have explained whether his off-duty interest in ‘bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism, fetish and kink’ had anything to do with the Mountie’s foot-dragging and inaction,” he wrote on his Monday post.

“Too many lingering questions remain unanswered.”

Only Grant Wakefield of New Westminster is named among the three others also listed as defendants in the civil suit filed by Brown’s lawyer.

The RCMP conducted a search warrant on Wakefield’s home in August, seeking out electronics to investigate suspected defamatory libel from online comments “likely to cause injury to the reputations” of several current and former police officers, including Brown.

In the search warrant application, however, police said there was “no link” identified between Wakefield and Brown.

Brown’s claim suggests Wakefield and the other two defendants, John Doe and Jane Doe, created the Re-Sergeance Alliance blog to question police management about the lack of “any change” in the force.

Particularly, that blog described Brown’s case as a “fiasco” and his pictures were a “special brand of ‘art’ (that has) become our new mascot.”

Neither Ward nor Wakefield could be reached for comment by press time Tuesday.

None of the allegations have been proven.

 

 

 

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