Lawyer for Don Meredith no longer representing embattled senator

Lawyer for Don Meredith no longer representing embattled senator

OTTAWA—Don Meredith’s lawyer says he no longer represents the embattled senator, one day after arguing on TV that the Pentecostal pastor is the victim of a “lynch mob mentality” and wouldn’t be treated so harshly if he were part of an “old white boys club.”Selwyn Pieters wrote on Twitter on Monday evening that Meredith’s move to hire a new lawyer was made with his “blessing,” though it is unclear whether he was fired or quit.He didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from the Star on Monday. “That was one of the shortest and most hectic retainer (sic) I have ever taken on in my legal career. — feeling thankful,” Pieters tweeted.Senators of varying political stripes have called for Meredith’s resignation after an ethics report concluded that he used his position of power to lure a teenage girl into a sexual relationship.Article Continued BelowHe is also being investigated by the Senate ethics officer over separate allegations of workplace harassment. After avoiding the media for several days, Meredith — who is now on sick leave from his job in the Senate — apologized in an interview with the Canadian Press last week, but said that he will not resign. He also said “racism has played a role” in the sex scandal, which was first reported by the Star in 2015.On Sunday, Pieters appeared on CTV to speak about his client’s case. “There’s a lynch mob mentality that’s going on right now that’s not helpful to anyone,” Pieters told the broadcaster.

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