Thursday, September 26, 2013

Canadian blogger enters prestigious American "Titillating tales from the Bar" contest!

Good Day Readers:

As sometimes happens CyberSmokeBlog can find itself scratching around looking for "postbles." When that happens it usually checks out New York-based Above the Law ranked the second most popular United States legal blog founded by Harvard educated lawyer Elie Mystal.

Currently it running it's Tittilating tales from the Bar! contest. Our entry is Simpson versus Mair. Not only is it tittilating it's beyond weird. Above the Law has a Canadian link that's been following the Douglas Inquiry - now that's tittilation at mega taxpayer expense! Wish us well.

Clare L. Pieuk
British Columbia judge's partner hit with libel penalty of $250,000

Lawyer asks court to overturn transfer of assets into the name of the Supreme Court judge

Matthew Ramsey
Sunday, July 9, 2006
Lubomyr Prytulak answers a Province reporter's knock on the door of the home he shares with British Columbia Supreme Court Judge Mary Marvyn Koenigsberg yesterday. He declined comment on proceedings against him set to unfold in a Vancouver court this week. (Credit: Les Bazso, The Province)

A man who lives with a British Columbia Supreme Court judge is alleged to have transferred assets into her name while facing defamation proceedings in the United States.

Justice Mary Marvyn Koenigsberg who lives in a west-side Vancouber house with Lubomyr Prytulak, a self-described "educational consultant" whose writings were the subject of a Canadian Human Rights Commission investigation into a hate-speech complaint.

In a writ of summons filed in British Columbia Supreme Court but not yet formally served on the couple, attorney Gary Kurtz of Los Angeres alleges Prytulak's conveyance of his interest in the $903,000 home to Koenigsberg in 2004 shold be declared void so Prytulak can pay the U S defamtion judgment, now more than $250,000 US.

A court action on the allegation, in which Koenigsberg is named as a co-defendant is pending.

Kurtz has filed a certificate of pending litigation against the property, essentially freezing it until the issue is resolved.

In the meantime, Kurtz is expected to be in a Vancouver courtroom Monday to argue that the Los Angeles Superior Court judgment against Prytulak stands in British Columbia because of reciprocal enforcement legislation between the province and the State of California.

Kurtz successfully sued Prytulak in 2004 after Prytulak, the writer behind the website, sent a series of defamatory letters to California judges, lawyers and legal organizations.

Reached at his Los Angeles office, Kurtz told The Province Koenigsberg's relationship with Prytulak and her position with the court could be of concern to British Columbians.

Kurtz said he anticipated that the people of British Columbia could be distressed to see the connection between a British Columbia Supreme Court justice and a person who has created, maintained and updated a website that resulted in a hate-speech complaint.

Steve Rambam, a U S-based investigator who has unearthed Nazi war criminals, has also squared off against Prytulak in a separate defamation case. Represented by Kurtz, Rambam won the case but the ruling was thrown out on appeal due to jurisdictional concerns. Prytulak began sending his letters defaming Kurtz during the Rambam case.

Rambam says he is "extremely concerned" about what may happen in the court tomorrow, though he has faith in the Canadian judicial System.

Prytulak's website (which is no longer online) was investigated by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2003 on the basis of a Canadian Jewish Congress complaint. Prytulak launched the site in 1994 in response to a CBC 60 Minutes report that outlined anti-Semitism in the Ukraine, his birthplace. A CJC investigation in 2005 requested that Prytulak respond to concerns that the site engaged in Holocaust denial, promoted anti-Semitism and was likely to expose Jews to hate. The CJC and Prytulak settled before the file made it to the the tribunal stage. CJC Pacific Region chair Mark Weintraub declined to comment this week on the latest allegations.

In April of this year on an online discussion forum called the "Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust," a segment of an e-mail Prytulak wrote to Paul Fromm was posted explaining the removal of from the Internet. Fromm is a far-right political and former school teacher who founded the Canadian Association for free Expression, an organization active in the defence of Holocaust deniers.

In the e-mail, Prytulak insisted the website removal was the result of a "non-agressact pact" between himself and the Jewish Congress.

"I decided that 10 years on the front lines, without pay, had brought me to the limit of my contribution to writing on Ukrainian issues," he wrote. "As the objected-to materials constitute only a small proportion of UKAR ... I am free to leave most of it up, but decided to remove the entire site so as to leave me unencumbered and undistracted to pursue other interests, mainly education and scientific method."

Prytulak answered the door of his home yesterday, but declined to comment.

"I won't be answering any questions," he said.

Rambam said he would like to purchase Prytulak's website and use it to post information about Ukrainian war criminals.

Prytulak's brief biography states he received a BA in experimental psychology form the University of Toronto in 1966, a PhD from Stanford in 1969 and worked as an assistant and associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Western from 1969 until his retirement in 1980,

Koenigsberg was called to the bar in Ontario in 1976 and in British Columbia in 1981. She represented the attorney-general of Canada in the high-profile native-rights Delgamuukwcase in 1991 before she was appointed to the British Columbia Court in 1992. In recent years, Koenigsberg dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against broadcaster Rafe Mair but her ruling was overturned by the British Court of Appeal. Koenigsberg came under fire in 2001 over her decision to release an alleged terrorist on bail.

Speaking in 2005 about Koenigsberg's ruling that the legal-services tax was unconstitutional as it pertained to low-income people, Attorney-General Wally Oppal, a British Columbia Court of Appeal Justice at the time, said he had the "highest respect" for the judge, referring to her as a "stellar jurist, well-experienced in the law."

Oppal declined comment yesterday, saying it would be inappropriate as the case in now before the courts.
Steve Rambam (left) and Gary Kurtz

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