Lawyer faces 2 criminal charges after having Manitoba judge followed during churches’ COVID-19 court challenge – CBC

A ‘prime example of professional misconduct,’ human rights lawyer says after police charge John Carpay

Jan 02, 2023

A lawyer who represented a number of churches across Canada fighting COVID-19 restrictions in court has been charged by police in Winnipeg after admitting in 2021 he hired a private investigator to follow senior government officials and the Manitoba judge who presided over one of the organization’s cases.

The Winnipeg Police Service said it has charged John Carpay, 55, with intimidation of a justice system participant and the attempt to obstruct justice.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms said it learned on Friday of the warrant issued by Winnipeg police for the arrest of Carpay, president of JCCF when the allegations surfaced last year.

“This warrant was apparently issued in connection with the events that took place in 2021 and alleges obstruction of justice,” the Alberta-based organization said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday.

Carpay immediately turned himself in to the Calgary Police Service after learning of the warrant, the statement said.

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