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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lawyer looks into legal aid while terror suspects blow kisses

TYLER ORTON | QMI AGENCY
VANCOUVER – The Surrey couple accused of plotting a Canada Day bomb attack on the B.C. legislature will remain behind bars for the next month as their lawyer applies for legal aid and reviews the evidence against them.
John Nuttall and Amanda Korody made their first appearance in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver Wednesday.
Defence lawyer Tom Morino said he was hoping for more time to get his clients’ affairs in order before their next court date on Aug. 7.
“The terrorism aspect of it (legal funding) is uncharted,” he said, adding it would be a challenge to co-ordinate with B.C.’s Legal Services Society in such a tight timeframe.
Morino said he’d have difficulty commuting from his Victoria home to Vancouver if he was paid only the bare minimum and finding qualified experts to appear on behalf of the defence would be more complicated with limited funding.
He will be meeting lawyers to find someone else to represent Korody while he continues to represent Nuttall.
Nuttal, 38, is suffering from methadone withdrawal and appeared dazed when he first arrived in court , but lit up when Korody appeared.
The pair sat about a metre apart in court, leaning over from their seats enclosed in protective glass to chat and smile while two sheriffs stood next to them.
Nuttall asked his lawyer if he could hold Korody’s hand, but Morino told him he could not.
Korody later blew a kiss to her partner, which he caught in his hand, as she was escorted from the courtroom.
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