LETHBRIDGE: No shortage of confusion in Queen's Bench court in Lethbridge Monday afternoon.
A conflict hearing was supposed to happen, as the Crown doesn't think that one lawyer can represent Marisa Campanelli-Pittarelli, Anthony Pittarelli and Claudia Pittarelli without compromising the fraud case.
The three accused are facing charges connected to a major ponzi scheme run through Front Run Tickets, one that defrauded hundreds of investors in Canada and the United States. They were charged in June of 2011, following a two and a half year investigation by the RCMP Integrated Market Enforcement Team.
To start things off the judge stated that neither the Crown or defence submitted the proper paper work or arguments in time, adding that some were not sent in at all. While the Crown wasn't exactly sure how it happened, they neglected to send in the notice of motion, which explains the purpose of the hearing. It was noted by the judge and Crown that without the notice, they're not even sure how they were able to book the courtroom for the hearing.
The judge explained that based on what was in front of him, the case could not proceed and the hearing was adjourned to October.
That means the trial will continue to be put on hold, as a decision by the court in favour of the Crown, would mean lawyer Balfour Der would have to withdraw from the case and the three accused would have to find new lawyers.