Stanley’s lawyer Spencer changes law firms

The man who won Gerald Stanley’s acquittal of second-degree murder charges back in February has changed law firms.

Scott Spencer is listed as one of the partners of Miller Thomson, a national law firm with offices in Regina and Saskatoon. He is described on the firm’s website as having a “broad litigation practice” including personal injury, employment and labour law, commercial litigation, professional discipline and estate litigation.

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Previously, Spencer was a partner at the Saskatoon law firm of Robertson Stromberg and was with the firm during the Stanley criminal trial.

It is not officially known the reason behind the move. However, radio host John Gormley was reporting Thursday that partners at Robertson Stromberg decided to part ways with Spencer due to negative publicity and social media stemming from the controversial trial.

Stanley was tried in Battleford in connection to the shooting of Colten Boushie, a young Indigenous man from Red Pheasant First Nation. Spencer also acted for Stanley at a later court appearance in North Battleford where Stanley pled guilty and received a fine for unsafe storage of firearms.

The family of Boushie has since launched a civil action against both Stanley and the RCMP. 

The other lawyer on Stanley’s trial team during the criminal case, Dustin Gillanders, is still listed on Robertson Stromberg’s website as being with the firm.

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