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Allyson McConnell's Lawyer, Jonathan Denis Mum On Reports Of Complaint

04/11/2013 07:15 EDT | Updated 06/11/2013 05:12 EDT
CALGARY - Premier Alison Redford has given her justice minister a vote of confidence after word that a complaint is being filed against him with the Law Society of Alberta.

The CBC is reporting that the lawyer for Allyson McConnell intends to take the step over comments Jonathan Denis made about the woman's case.

McConnell was deported to her native Australia this week after serving time for drowning her two young sons in 2010.

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Denis, who is a lawyer, railed in public about the shortness of the McConnell's sentence.

"I was satisfied with our minister's response," Redford said Thursday before her annual leader's dinner in Calgary. "He was asked specific questions with respect to circumstances and he made comments."

Redford, a former justice minister herself, said she preferred not to comment on the Law Society complaint.

"The Law Society has an independent process and if people decide to take steps, they can. I don't really have anything else to say on it."

Denis also declined to comment on the complaint, saying he's got nothing more to say about the case. The CBC says the complaint suggests Denis's comments on the sentence bordered on contempt of court.

""We filed the appeal and we'll continue with the appeal and look forward to what the Court of Appeal has to say," Denis said Thursday.

McConnell's lawyer, Peter Royal, did not return calls from The Canadian Press.

The Law Society would not comment on whether the complaint had been filed, citing privacy policy.

The province is appealing both McConnell's manslaughter conviction and her six-year sentence, which ended up being 10 months once time served and early release were factored in.

Denis has said the province will take steps to bring McConnell back to Canada if the Appeal Court gives her more time.

- With files from Bill Graveland

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