Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Former Montreal Canadiens star Guy Lafleur suing Quebec Crown, police for $2M

Guy Lafleur lawsuit against Montreal police
Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Guy Lafleur leaves the courtroom for the lunch break in his lawsuit against the Montreal police and Quebec's attorney-general in Montreal, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (Ryan Remiorz / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Canadian Press
Former Canadiens superstar Guy Lafleur is seeking more than $2 million from the Crown and Montreal police in legal proceedings that began Monday.

Lafleur testified in 2007 at his son Mark's criminal case and was the subject of an arrest warrant in 2008 when the Crown deemed he had given contradictory testimony.

He was found guilty in 2009 before the conviction was overturned on appeal a year later.

Lafleur, 63, is arguing the arrest warrant was exaggerated and unjustified and that his life has been adversely affected by the criminal case against him.

His lawyers asked Quebec Superior Court Justice Andre Wery on Monday to amend their case by adding a claim the Crown prosecutor omitted a crucial document that would have helped Lafleur's defence.

"All of (Canada's) constitutional guarantees were violated," Lafleur's lawyer, Jacques Jeansonne, told the court.

During his son's trial on sex charges, Lafleur initially did not say that his son Mark twice spent a weekend night in a hotel with his girlfriend.

Lafleur did mention the hotel during his second court appearance.

When confronted about the omission, Lafleur said no one had asked him about his son's hotel visits and added he didn't know a court order included a provision that his son stay with his parents overnight on weekends.

Jeansonne said Monday it was only last week that he saw the court document listing the younger Lafleur's bail conditions, which he said did not include on order to stay with his parents overnight.
The Crown had the document in its possession during Lafleur's trial, and hid it from his defence team, Jeansonne said Monday.

Lafleur has said the time he spent defending himself in court was a nightmare and that Montreal police mishandled the investigation and the Crown hounded him.
Lafleur was in court Monday but did not speak to reporters.

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