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Peel police now say lawyer was handcuffed in court attire

02/18/2015 08:37 EST | Updated 04/20/2015 05:59 EDT
Peel police have backtracked on their previous insistence that the arrest of a lawyer at a Brampton, Ont., court last week was handled discreetly.

Uniformed officers arrested 32-year-old defence lawyer Laura Liscio on Feb. 12 and handcuffed her while she was in her legal garb — something the Criminal Lawyers' Association called an "affront to the administration of justice and to the independence of the bar."

Police insisted in a Feb. 13 news release that Liscio had changed to civilian clothing and was escorted to an unmarked police vehicle by plainclothes officers.

"At no time was the accused handcuffed while in her court attire," the release said.

However, on Wednesday the police sent another release that said Liscio was indeed handcuffed in her court attire and was escorted by both plainclothes and uniformed police officers to a marked cruiser.

"Peel Regional Police sincerely regrets publishing the misinformation and the impact that it has had on members of the community, members of the media and Ms. Liscio," the release said.

Liscio is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, obstructing justice and breach of trust.

She is to appear in court March 12 to face the allegations.

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