Law Society of Ontario a Pedophile Ring? Racism, misogyny *and* enabling sexual abuse of children? Ottawa lawyer, John David Coon, in custody for sex crimes against four-year old daughter of one of his clients. Law Society documents reveal they gave Coon licence to practise law despite knowing of his prior criminal conviction for sexually assaulting another child.

It gets more vile and demented. There’s another known convicted child sex offender the law society gave licence to:

2017: Once-imprisoned lawyer (for child pornography), Ronald Davidovic, one step closer to getting his licence to practise law in Ontario, Law Society of Ontario (previously LSUC) rules he is of ‘good character’ 

… Davidovic says he chose to apply in Ontario because there are all sorts of impediments in Florida that make it difficult to live day to day for someone convicted of such an offence.

… He says he plans to pursue criminal law in Ontario, as he has a unique perspective that will give him more empathy for those who have made mistakes in their lives. [Or, to get easy access to children, given to him by the law society?]

2017: Law Society tribunal rules Florida sex offender can practise law in Ontario

A registered Florida sex offender, who spent two years in prison on a child pornography conviction, has been deemed to be of “good character” for a licence to practise law in Ontario.

Ronald Ori Davidovic, 44, appeared before a three-member panel of the Law Society of Upper Canada tribunal last December in what is known as a “good character hearing,” where he sought to prove that he is rehabilitated and committed to upholding the law if allowed to practise.

Counsel for the law society ultimately decided not to oppose his application, and Davidovic’s wish was granted by the panel in a 2-1 decision released last week. [Law Society! WTF!!?]

… But the dissenting panel member, criminal defence lawyer Paul Cooper, found that there simply wasn’t enough evidence of rehabilitation before the tribunal, and said he would not have granted Davidovic’s application.

“In this case, the applicant’s statements of regret at the hearing focused on the nightmare he suffers or the shame he suffers and as he describes in his testimony the ‘handicap’ of him being labeled as a consumer of child pornography by the community.

Mr. Davidovic failed to recognize what he has done and only provides lip service to any victim empathy,” Cooper wrote.

“There is insufficient evidence that the applicant is rehabilitated. The misconduct was sexually motivated and he possessed a magnetic attraction. He has been diagnosed with non-specified paraphilia and this diagnosis remains unresolved.”

He had practised in Florida for eight years, including estate and financial planning and then as general counsel “for a large telecommunications company.” He was permitted to resign from the Florida bar after his conviction.

Davidovic told the law society panel that he has many close relatives in Toronto, and wants to practise criminal law. “He believes that his experience will enable him to assist others,” the majority wrote. [No wonder the legal profession in Canada is in abusive chaos!]

Davidovic began viewing child porn in 1998, according to the statement of fact, and admitted to the panel having viewed hundreds or thousands of images….

A therapist who saw Davidovic after his release from prison told the law society that he “worked very hard to understand his disorder,” took complete responsibility and his chance of reoffending is small. [But it’s still there, and a vile demented misogynistic legal system is putting another known pedophile into a position of power, setting him up to offend again and again and again and again and again and again…. ]

… “As a lawyer, occupying a crucial role in upholding the rule of law, the applicant’s offence constituted a breach of trust.”

The panel chose not to rely on evidence in the agreed statement of fact from an Anglican reverend and “analytical psychologist” who began seeing Davidovic in the year preceding his time in prison and after his release. …

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How many more child-abusing lawyers lurk protected in law society sewers across Canada?

Change this cartoon below to Lady Justice with her blindfold and scales on top?

John Cole, The Scranton Times-Tribune

Fugitive Ottawa lawyer arrested on sex crime charges by Shaamini Yogaretnam, August 7, 2019, Ottawa Citizen

A disgraced Ottawa lawyer turned fugitive wanted for sex crimes against the child of a former client is now in custody after more than five years on the lam.

John David Coon, a one-time criminal defence and family lawyer, abruptly stopped practising law late in 2013 amid an Ottawa police sexual assault investigation. In July of that year, Ottawa cops had started probing an alleged assault on a child.

By January of 2014, sex crime detectives had a warrant for his arrest, believing Coon, then 49, had sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl – the daughter of one of his clients.

But by then, police believe, he had already fled the country – maybe to Cambodia or Thailand.

Over the long weekend, Coon was taken into custody by Ottawa police at the Ottawa airport on Saturday, after coming back into the country via an international flight to Vancouver, where he was arrested. He appeared in court Sunday.

Coon was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and he had a combined child protection defence and criminal defence practice.

In February 2016, while still wanted on the charges for which he is now in jail, Coon officially had his licence to practise law revoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada. According to the Law Society, Coon, who ran a practice specializing in child protection, engaged in professional misconduct by failing to co-operate with multiple Law Society investigations.

That ruling revealed a history of sexual misconduct, and even a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a child.

In 2014, the Law Society had suspended his licence after a complaint from the Children’s Aid Society. Coon, at the time, was already under investigation by the regulatory body after a female client alleged that she had sex with the lawyer in his office.

Law Society documents related to that suspension also revealed that Coon was given a licence to practise law in Ontario despite a history that included a prior criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a child.

According to the documents, Coon revealed in 2004 to the Law Society that he had been convicted of sexually assaulting a friend’s 12-year-old daughter in 1991.

Coon was given a conditional discharge and 15 months probation, meaning he wouldn’t have a criminal record if he followed his court-ordered conditions and lived a law-abiding life.

Coon also told the Law Society that in the late 1980s he was attending a 12-step group program to address the “inordinate amount of time and money he spent cruising red light districts and hiring prostitutes.”

Coon is charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

He had remained one of Ottawa police’s most wanted. [Reference check for white supremacist Law Society of Ontario?]

He is next scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Disgraced Ottawa lawyer appears in court wearing a mask by Aedan Helmer with files from Shaamini Yogaretnam, August 7, 2019, Ottawa Citizen

Disgraced Ottawa lawyer John David Coon appeared in court Wednesday wearing an orange jail-issued jumpsuit, his face obscured by a white dust mask as he was held in custody on charges of sex crimes against a child.

The one-time criminal defence and family lawyer is believed to have fled the country and spent more than five years on the lam before he was arrested over the long weekend.

Coon was taken into custody by Ottawa police at the Ottawa airport on Saturday after returning to the country via an international flight to Vancouver. He made his first court appearance Sunday, and appeared again Wednesday before Ontario Court Justice Rommel G. Masse.

Coon said little in court, acknowledging the judge and thanking him for allowing brief time to consult with his lawyer Jenny McKnight on a private call.

McKnight declined to comment on the three charges her client faces, which include sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching.

“I believe that there’s a lot to be said, but I’m asking people to be patient because now is not the time,” McKnight said outside court following the hearing.

She would not elaborate on the circumstances that brought Coon back to Canada, whether her client was arrested by foreign authorities, or whether he returned voluntarily intending to turn himself in.

“There will be a time to say this and other things,” McKnight replied.

Coon had remained one of Ottawa police’s most wanted.

Police said investigators believe there could be more victims. [No wonder the legal profession in Canada fights so hard to stay self regulated!]

Coon abruptly stopped practising law late in 2013 amid an Ottawa police sexual assault investigation. In July of that year, Ottawa cops had started probing an alleged assault on a child.

By January of 2014, sex crime detectives had a warrant for his arrest, believing Coon, then 49, had sexually assaulted a four-year-old girl — the daughter of one of his clients.

But by then, police believe, he had already fled the country — maybe to Cambodia or Thailand.

Coon was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006 and he had a combined child-protection defence and criminal defence practice.

In February 2016, while still wanted on the charges for which he is now in jail, Coon officially had his licence to practise law revoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada. According to the Law Society, Coon, who ran a practice specializing in child protection, engaged in professional misconduct by failing to co-operate with multiple Law Society investigations. That ruling revealed a history of sexual misconduct, and even an incident in which he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

In 2014, the Law Society had suspended his licence after a complaint from the Children’s Aid Society. Coon, at the time, was already under investigation by the regulatory body after a female client alleged that she had sex with the lawyer in his office.

Law Society documents related to that suspension also revealed that Coon was given a licence to practise law in Ontario despite a history that included a prior guilty verdict for sexually assaulting a child.

According to the documents, Coon revealed in 2004 to the Law Society that he had been found guilty of sexually assaulting a friend’s 12-year-old daughter in 1991.

Coon was given a conditional discharge and 15 months’ probation, meaning he wouldn’t have a criminal record if he followed his court-ordered conditions and lived a law-abiding life. [Sounds too familiar! Like AER’s outside legal counsel, Glenn Solomon, and his settle and shut up advice to make sure polluting oil/frac companies can keep going down the street to pollute again and again and again and again]

Coon also told the Law Society that in the late 1980s he was attending a 12-step group program to address the “inordinate amount of time and money he spent cruising red light districts and hiring prostitutes.”

A publication ban was put in place to shield the identity of the victim, and Coon was ordered to not communicate with several people involved in the case.

He is scheduled to appear next in court August 14.

A FEW OF THE COMMENTS:

Lee Donovan

So the Law Society in Ontario allows someone with a conviction for sexual assault on a child to join them?,? I thought there was a code of conduct for lawyers.

Sigh…

Robert Knapman
Yet another blatant failure of the “system” that is supposed to PROTECT Canadians against this kind of activity !!! Gun control is much less a priority than the safety of our children !!!!!

Lawyer John David Coon wanted on allegations of sex assault, Police say alleged sex assault involving minor took place while Coon was performing duties as lawyer by Kristy Nease, Jan 17, 2014, CBC News

… As of Friday evening, the Law Society of Upper Canada [operating name changed to Law Society of Ontario January 1, 2018. “Upper” not looking too good in a society enabling pedophilia?] listed Coon as a privately practicing lawyer at Addelman Baum Gilbert on Albert Street.

The society’s listing said Coon had no discipline history and no restrictions on his practice.

A profile of Coon on Addelman Baum Gilbert’s website has been removed, but a cached version of the website says Coon was called to the Ontario bar in 2006 and that he began to work for the firm in 2011.

“He has a combined child protection defence and criminal defence practice. JD was already a busy, thriving and respected defence lawyer when he joined [the firm] as an associate in 2011,” the cached website says.

Reached at the firm on Friday evening, lawyer Jason Gilbert confirmed Coon started working at Addelman Baum Gilbert in late 2011. …

Refer also to:

Disgraced ex-judge Robin Camp said he’s learned his lesson. Really? “Knees Together” Camp Accompanied Ezra Levant On Trip To Train UK Rebel Staff, Camp stood by his comments about sexual assault, ex-Rebel employees say

No wonder Canada’s legal system slithers around in Hell: ‘Knees together’ ex-judge Robin Camp should be able to practise law again, his lawyer argues

How prevalent is racism (and misogyny) among Canadian lawyers & judges?

Sept 11, 2019: Law Society of Ontario to resume human decency/inclusion (Statement of Principles, SOP) vs white supremacy (StopSOP) debate and hold ‘extraordinary meeting’ of the Board. What nastiness will StopSOP toss this time?

Would Justice Robert Beaudoin have let the rapist off if his daughter was one of the women raped? Ontario Crown serves Paul Batchelor notice of appeal, claims trial judge made errors. Errors or misogyny?

No wonder Canadian “justice” is so often misogynistic, racist &/or abusive. Looking in the mirror: Harassment in legal workplaces

“Unf*ck the system.” Alberta’s Neanderthal “Justice” system assaults sexual assault victims. “The judge in this troubling case was none other than former Deputy Justice Minister Ray Bodnarek, a PC loyalist appointed as a judge by former PC Justice Minister Jonathan Denis who himself resigned under troubling allegations of domestic violence.” Commenter: “So who exactly is the crown protecting by blocking the publication of the victim’s name?” Another commenter: “My guess…..the ‘system’. It stinks and it’s all because of the judges & lawyers.”

Misogynistic Justice. Rapist after rapist set free by Canadian judges. Think those judges will let you seek justice if your water is frac’d by Encana, enabled, covered-up by authorities with AER violating your Charter rights trying to terrify you into submissive silence, enabled by Supreme Court of Canada?

Cornwall, Canada: Pedophilia victims given large settlements to get rid of their lawsuits, including 16 against Catholic Church, in all possibly totaling $70-100 Million with some individuals getting less than $20,000. “The Inquiry found the Catholic Church, police, the Ontario government and the legal system all failed to protect children from sexual predators.”

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