Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Decision Reserved in Effort to Exclude Lawyer from Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Decision Reserved in Effort to Exclude Lawyer from Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

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Decision reserved in wrongful conviction case

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MONCTON, N.B. - A judge has reserved decision on whether to exclude one of the people named in the lawsuit of a former New Brunswick man seeking more than $6 million in compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

Stephen Lakas, who now lives in Winnipeg, was convicted in Moncton, N.B., of sexual assault in 2010 and spent two years behind bars.

He claims there was evidence that supported his case, including telephone records, that his legal aid lawyer and others knew about but didn't present at his trial.

Lakas was released in June 2011 after an appeal was granted and a new trial ordered.

The Crown later withdrew the charge.

Lakas said after Friday's hearing it has been hard for him to find jobs because people see the headlines about his conviction on sexual assault but not the stories about his release and the charge being dropped.

He said after Friday's hearing that he's willing to stick with the lawsuit even if it takes years.

"This has ruined my life," he said outside court. "This is my life right now, this case."

None of the accusations in Lakas' statement of claim have been proven in court. …

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