A courthouse clerk “was concerned about irregularities,” according to an affidavit from law society investigator Brian Borg, which was filed as part of Morton’s disciplinary
After the law student left the courthouse, the clerk called the police.
Despite questions about the paperwork, Borg’s affidavit said Morton was granted a certificate of divorce May 1, and he married Packwood at a ceremony in Niagara on May 12.
Morton was arrested on June 26 on charges of bigamy, obstruction of justice and forgery-related offences. His first court appearance was on Thursday in Newmarket, and the case is back in court on Sept. 12.
The maximum sentence for a bigamy conviction is five years in prison.
The law society, which regulates the legal profession in Ontario, is asking its tribunal to temporarily suspend Morton’s licence pending the outcome of his disciplinary proceedings. A hearing for the law society’s motion to suspend or restrict Morton’s licence is set for Aug. 13.
Called to the bar in 1988, Morton practises law in Ontario and Nunavut, and is a certified specialist in civil litigation. He is also former counsel to the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario.
“Listen, there’s nothing tremendously wrong with me,” Morton said to Borg, the law society investigator, during an interview in July, according to Borg’s affidavit.
“I have a strong and supportive spouse, I’ll call her that.”
Jacques Gallant is a Toronto-based reporter covering legal affairs. Follow him on Twitter: @JacquesGallant