Kimberly Rogers Inquest Alerts
Advocacy group canít get legal aid
October 11, 2002
The Social Planning Council of Sudbury was thrilled when it was
granted standing last week at the coroners inquest into the death
of Kimberly Rogers.
That jubilation has turned to frustration after management discovered
officially on Wednesday that Legal Aid Ontario has rejected funding to
pay for legal counsel for the Sudbury-based non-profit agency.
Several bodies, including two different ministries, police, the
City of Greater Sudbury and two other public interest bodies have all
been granted standing and all will have lawyers paid for out of the public
purse, said Janet Gasparini, executive director of the Social Planning
Council of Sudbury.
We will be the only organization who will not have access to a lawyer
feel Legal Aid Ontario has a duty to provide us funding to hire counsel,
but obviously they dont agree.
The coroners inquest into the death of Rogers begins Tuesday. Rogers,
40, and her unborn child were found in her sweltering apartment in August,
2001. Rogers was under house arrest at the time.
If anyone is interested in making donations so a lawyer can be hired by
the agency, contact the Social Planning Council at 675-3894.