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  Key Gomery [sponsorship scandal] finding involving Chrétien, Pelletier struck down
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Last EditedMonsieur  Jun 26, 2008 12:14pm
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News DateThursday, June 26, 2008 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionJustice John Gomery's finding three years ago that former prime minister Jean Chrétien and his chief of staff were somewhat responsible for the federal sponsorship scandal has been struck down by the Federal Court.

Judge Max Teitelbaum said Thursday there was an appearance of bias in Gomery's 2005 report. He rejected the part of the report that said Chrétien and Jean Pelletier had erred in the administration of the sponsorship program.

Teitelbaum also sharply criticized Gomery's behaviour, saying he prejudged situations, was not impartial and was preoccupied with the media.

He said Gomery made "inappropriate and ill-advised comments," including the statement that Chrétien's handing out of golf balls emblazoned with his name was "small-town cheap."
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