December 5th, 2020

Lawyer confusion over who’s representing drug suspect


By Shurtz, Delon on November 6, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

Criminal charges against a Lethbridge man arrested following a drug bust last month have been adjourned while a Lethbridge lawyer and Calgary lawyer try to figure out who is supposed to represent the accused.

When the matter for Brettan James Neill was called in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday, an agent for Calgary lawyer Casey Fagan said Fagan could be put on the record as Neill’s lawyer. Moments later, however, court was told Lethbridge lawyer Greg White was also on the record.

After a few seconds of awkward silence, the matter was adjourned so the lawyers could sort out the confusion.

On Oct. 7 Lethbridge police concluded a short-term dial-a-dope investigation that led to the seizure of drugs and weapons. During their surveillance of a suspect, police conducted a traffic stop and caught the driver of the motor vehicle with seven grams of cocaine. Following the traffic stop, police searched a residence and seized $38,259 worth of drugs and $5,621 in cash, as well as weapons and vehicles.

Neill has been charged with two counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a weapon obtained by the commission of an offence, two counts of unauthorized possession of a weapon, and one count each of possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000, careless use of a firearm, and unauthorized possession of body armor.

The accused was released shortly after his arrest on $3,000 bail, with conditions. His next court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 26.

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jonbacc

“”When the matter for Brettan James Neill was called in Lethbridge provincial court Thursday, an agent for Calgary lawyer Casey Fagan said Fagan could be put on the record as Neill’s lawyer. Moments later, however, court was told Lethbridge lawyer Greg White was also on the record.

After a few seconds of awkward silence, the matter was adjourned so the lawyers could sort out the confusion.“”

This sounds hilarious until it’s remembered that we pay plenty for the judge/court’s time!



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