Prominent lawyer charged with obstructing justice
Rodney Gillis, a well-known New Brunswick lawyer, has been charged with obstruction of justice by a Bathurst judge.
Court documents obtained by CBC News allege Gillis — a partner in the Saint John firm Gilbert McGloan Gillis — attempted to "obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of justice in a judicial proceeding by attempting to dissuade a person by threats, bribes or other corrupt means from giving evidence."
The incident is alleged to have taken place in Bathurst on Dec. 10, 2010, though the court document provides few other details.
The file has been transferred to a Halifax-based Crown prosecutor named Peter Craig.
Gillis' law firm was recently accused by another judge of misconduct and misleading the court in creditor protection proceedings involving the companies owned by the family of Henk Tepper, the potato farmer who's been in a Beirut jail since March.
An Edmundston judge ordered Gilbert McGloan Gillis to pay a portion of the legal fees incurred by the other parties — about $102,500.
Gillis is also defending former New Brunswick MLA Frank Branch against charges of fraud and extortion.
Branch told CBC News on Tuesday that he had not heard about the charge and that Gillis remains his lawyer. Branch said he did not think the charge against Gillis involved his own legal proceedings.
Marc Richard, the executive director of the Law Society of New Brunswick, told CBC News that Gillis is allowed to continue to practise law while the case proceeds through the courts.
Richard said if a lawyer is convicted, there is a disciplinary process and sanctions can be taken, including disbarment.
Gillis is scheduled to be in court on the obstruction charge on Jan. 25.