Nova Scotia

Lawyer's drug conviction upheld

Halifax defence lawyer Anne Calder has lost her bid to get a drug conviction overturned.

Nova Scotia's highest court has rejected Halifax lawyer Anne Calder's bid to get a drug conviction overturned.

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal upheld her conviction and 30-month jail sentence in a decision released Wednesday.

Calder was found guilty last March on three counts of trafficking hydromorphone in 2009, including one incident where she smuggled the painkiller to a client in jail.

She was caught on surveillance camera passing the drug to Thomas Izzard in an interview room at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Dartmouth.

The other two counts related to drugs police found when they searched her home office.

During her trial, Calder introduced evidence suggesting she was mentally unfit to practise law because of her emotional state, and therefore should not be held criminally responsible.

The trial judge rejected her claims and sentenced her to 30 months in jail.

Calder, a former Crown attorney, voluntarily stopped practising law in July 2009, soon after the allegations surfaced.

After Calder was sentenced to 30 months in jail, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society put its investigation on hold while it waited for the outcome of the court process.

Darrel Pink, the executive director of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society, said at the time that there was no urgent need to protect the public because Calder was not practising law.

On Wednesday, Pink told CBC News that Calder's case would be dealt with by the society's Complaints Investigation Committee at a meeting next week.

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