Court colleagues mourn Ottawa judge


Lajoie in spotlight over Bonds case, but not defined by it, family says

By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen May 19, 2011

The sudden death of an Ottawa judge saddened the Elgin Street courthouse Wednesday.

Ontario Court Justice Richard Lajoie died Wednesday morning following an illness. He was 62.

Judges, lawyers and court staff mourned. In the middle of another case, Justice Robert Fournier broke down in open court.

"We have suffered a big loss on our bench this morning," he said, wiping away tears. "I've been working with a heavy heart."

"He was a wonderful, congenial, calm presence, a very steady, compassionate man who was just a wonderful friend and person to share chambers with," said Justice Judith Beaman, the senior Ontario Court judge for the eastern region.

Beaman said Lajoie's death was sudden and unexpected, although he had been sick for some time.

Lajoie presided over thousands of cases in a long career, but it was the Stacy Bonds case that thrust him into the public spotlight last year.

Lajoie stayed a charge against Bonds of assaulting police after finding police arrested her unlawfully. In his decision, Lajoie called the 27-year-old woman's treatment at the hands of police in the cellblock a "travesty."

The case set off a public controversy about police treatment of prisoners and led to the disclosure of several other cases of alleged abuse. It also resulted in an investigation into the conduct of one of the officers, Sgt. Steven Desjourdy, that led to a charge of sexual assault being laid. It prompted Chief Vern White to reform the way the police handled prisoners in the cellblock.

However, Judge Lajoie's son, Stéphane Lajoie, said his father saw the Bonds case as no more important than any other he handled in his years on the bench.

"My father was an excellent judge. He is not to be defined by the Stacy Bonds (case)," Lajoie said. "My father was a wonderful man. He was generous, he cared about everyone around him. He loved life.

"To me, two words represent him: aequitas veritas," said Lajoie, citing the Latin phrase for truth and justice.

"It applied to all aspects of his life. Dealing with his children, dealing with his friends," he said.

Lajoie said his father didn't talk much about his work at home.

"He was very private. He had a professional career, and he had a family life," he said.

Judge Lajoie, who was married with two children, was called to the bar in 1974.

He was a lawyer and partner in the Ottawa law firm Paris and Associates before becoming a partner with the law firm Vincent, Dagenais and Choquette.

He was appointed to the bench in 1987, and served in Timmins for 16 years before being posted to Ottawa in 2003. During his time in Timmins, Lajoie served on the executive of the Ontario Judges' Association, representing Northern Ontario.

Friend and fellow Ontario Court Justice Paul Belanger said Lajoie was a conscientious and sensitive man who was a student of the law.

"He was not a pushover by any means," said Belanger, who knew Lajoie for 40 years. "He was certainly a quiet, reserved individual. He was not flamboyant. That wasn't his style."

Belanger also remembered his friend as a world traveller who loved a fine bottle of wine with a good meal.

"He was brave in his decisions," added lawyer Doug Baum, president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. "He served the community well over his time on the bench. He'll be missed."


Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre

Note, Justice Robert N. Fournier is probably one of the greatest insults to justice bar, next to Richard Lajoie. He was chosen for the judiciary on his ability to speak French and not his legal ability which was demonstrated when he could not even draw up a basic will that required incredible work to fix after he became a judge.



The official notice is pure nonsense. If you doubt that, just check your unofficial confidential sources in the Judiciary or the legal profession.

Richard Lajoie was hated by lawyers from one end of Ontario to the Next. "Low Life", "one of the worst" are typical expressions used to describe this being one of the worst examples of the underbelly of the Judiciary.

Take James Townsend of Ste. St. Marie,  www,  for example.

Richard Lajoie found him guilty of "criminal harassment" when a lawyer JEFFREY BROADBENT the son of  former NDP leader  Ed Broadbent brought a house of   one of his clients AFTER his client lost.  That decision was thrown out by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

An incompetent lawyer Yvon Renauld  recommended a law suit for malicious prosecution. Richard Lajoie's corrupt abuse of power allowed the Sault Ste. Marie Police to go after his home and which most probably led to the terminal illness of James Townsend.

YVONNE RENAULD was actually working for Broadbent while taking retainers from James Townsend.

Richard Lajoie was famous for making children "crown wards" and it was only extraordinary intervention by superior court judges who knew Lajoie for what he was and is, to in some cases overturn those political decisions of Lajoie.

The list of destroyed lives left by Richard Lajoie is endless.
He is the judicial equivlent of a war criminal convicted of crimes against humanity.

The world will be a far better place with the departure of this low life.

www.OttawaMensCentre.comThe reality is that the Dishonourable Judge Richard Lajoie was one of the most corrupt judges in Ontario. When he did not like a valuation on his home in Timmins, he tried to have the value bumped.
He was the sought after judge by the feminists, Children's Aid society and prosecutors.

Richard Lajoie, habitually abused his judicial discretion and would issue draconian orders on motions served without any notice whatsoever. 

When he did not like being called corrupt he had one father arrested on a charge of Criminal Defamation, and REFUSED to testify.

Lajoie was a creep.
Known for stretching his neck over the bench to leer at
breasts of
of female
lawyers and prosecutors with comments such as of "how very nice it is to
see you today"


Leo Russamonno's comments of Lajoie being a "fair judge" requires some knowledge
that in legal circles, "fair judge" is a politically correct way of describing one of the lowest forms of life around.