Friday, August 12, 2011

Carleton Pro-Life Students’ Lawsuit Survives Challenge By Carleton University

In spite of the legal hurdles, the claim for wrongful arrest is allowed to proceed:
OTTAWA, ON. In the case of Lobo et al. v. Carleton University et al, Carleton University brought a motion before the Court asking it to end the lawsuit. Ruth Lobo, a named plaintiff in the lawsuit stated, “Carleton University claimed that our lawsuit was frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the Court process but the Court ruled that we have grounds for a lawsuit and we’ll continue to fight for our right to free expression.”

This motion was in response to a lawsuit Carleton Lifeline filed against Carleton University after the University had members of the student club arrested for expressing controversial views. The lawsuit named Carleton University as well as members of the Administration as defendants.
Carleton University sought to strike the entire Statement of Claim, thereby putting an end to the lawsuit, but Carleton Lifeline was successful in preserving the action. Carleton Lifeline is now in the process of amending their Statement of Claim so that it complies with the decision of Justice Toscano Roccamo. The Amended Statement of Claim must be filed by September 4, 2011.

Albertos Polizogopoulos, Carleton Lifeline’s legal counsel stated, “While this was a split decision, the fact that the lawsuit survived and that Ms. Lobo and Mr. McLeod have the opportunity to amend their Statement of Claim can be counted as a victory.”

A copy of Madam Justice Toscano Roccamo’s decision can be viewed online at:
That's a good start. Hopefully, in the end, the university will be held responsible for resorting to arbitrary arrests in an attempt to silence pro-life students.

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