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Peer group rallies to stricken lawyer in Toronto

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

After the recent shooting of one of their own in Toronto, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA) said violent attacks by clients or witnesses on criminal defence counsel are a serious concern, but remain a rarity.

At press time senior criminal lawyer J. Randall Barrs, 66, was expected to recover from being shot around 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the driveway of his office in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. His alleged assailant — said by one witness to be wearing construction attire — was in hospital after being...