Judge rules against Guy Lafleur in civil suit

MONTREAL (AP) — A Quebec Superior Court justice has ruled against Montreal Canadiens great Guy Lafleur in his $2.16 million civil suit against police and the Crown over a 2008 arrest.

Lafleur was seeking damages stemming from an arrest for giving contradictory testimony at his son’s bail hearing.

He claimed the Crown and police were cavalier in issuing the arrest warrant and that his reputation was tarnished by the heavily reported event. Lafleur alleged he consequently suffered financial losses and health problems.

Justice Andre Wery wrote that the theory of a conspiracy advanced by Lafleur’s lawyers was not based on fact, but rather on speculation on the work of justice officials who were just doing their jobs.

The police and Crown maintained they were justified in proceeding with the warrant given the seriousness of the rare Criminal Code offense.

Lafleur was arrested in 2008 and found guilty in 2009, but the conviction was overturned on appeal in 2010.

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