Lawyer faces drug charges

O'Reilly, who's a Queen's Counsel and has practised bankruptcy law since 1963, has had his own financial problems. He declared personal bankruptcy twice.

The Toronto Star
February 9, 2006

Lawyer faces drug charges
Nick Pron

A veteran Toronto lawyer who's written two books on bankruptcy has been charged by police with smuggling dope into the Toronto "Don" Jail.

Miles Dewar O'Reilly, 70, whose website says he's a past- president of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Lawyers Club of Toronto, was released on bail yesterday following his arrest late Tuesday night.

Police allege the marijuana was wrapped with duct tape and hidden in O'Reilly's clothes when he went to visit a client - a man arrested for gang-related activity, police said.

Lawyers and their clients are allowed to have private meetings at the facility, but the inmates are strip-searched before and after the meetings by jail guards. The marijuana was found on the inmate after he left the meeting, police said.

O'Reilly, who's a Queen's Counsel and has practised bankruptcy law since 1963, has had his own financial problems.

He declared personal bankruptcy twice. In his first bankruptcy, he owed creditors almost $1 million, including about $300,000 in personal income taxes. A court discharged him in 1995 without any debt payment, but Canada Customs and Revenue Agency petitioned him into bankruptcy again in 2003 with debts of $350,000 in unpaid income tax and $350,000 in spousal support.

O'Reilly's website says he's certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in bankruptcy and insolvency law, and in civil litigation.

He is charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of marijuana.

With files from Tony Van Alphen

Credit: Toronto Star


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