Ontario’s Court Of Appeal is praising one of their own for dismissing the appeal from the man convicted of killing eight-year-old Tori Stafford.
The top court says Justice John Laskin’s handling of the case was “exemplary”, ruling that many of the arguments made by Michael Rafferty’s lawyer, Paul Calarco, simply were not consistent with court records.
Three judges, including Laskin, made the decision after a brief recess in an Ontario Court of Appeal Monday afternoon. The judges didn’t see things the way Calarco saw it when he pointed a finger at another judge who he claimed made several errors in the 2012 trial.
Calarco said the jury was not properly warned against relying on the testimony of Rafferty’s accomplice and former girlfriend, Terri-Lynne McClintic.
Rafferty’s lawyer said McClintic’s evidence given was not corroborated by anything concrete. “McClintic is prone to lying about everything!” said Calarco.
Michael Rafferty was asking for a new trial on Monday. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years for kidnapping, sexual assault causing bodily harm, and first-degree murder.
Tori Stafford was abducted from Woodstock, Ont., on April 8, 2009. Her body was found 11 days later in a wooded area in rural Ontario.