Killer Michael Rafferty to get legal aid lawyer, court rules

Michael Rafferty. HANDOUT PHOTO

Michael Rafferty. HANDOUT PHOTO

Randy Richmond, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. — The Ontario Appeal Court has paved the way for Michael Rafferty to fight his first-degree murder conviction in the 2009 slaying of Victoria Stafford, 8.

And if you live in Ontario, you’ll be paying for his lawyer.

In a ruling released Tuesday, Justice Marc Rosenberg granted Rafferty more time to prepare his case and ordered the province to find a way to pay for a lawyer.

“In my view ... the appeal is an arguable one,” he wrote.

Rosenberg ruled that Legal Aid Ontario should be asked once again to provide Rafferty a lawyer. Failing that, the Attorney General of Ontario should pay for Toronto lawyer Paul Calarco to take the case.


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