Solomon’s criminal defence work and firearms law expertise have been featured in the media, both locally and nationally.
Ottawa Sun, January 5, 2012
National Post, September 28, 2011
No charges in home invasion stabbing death
Lawyers for the Woods family said in a statement Tuesday that the family acted lawfully in what they described as a life-and-death struggle.
“During this attack, the life of Nathan Woods was repeatedly at stake as he struggled with the intruder. The intruder was dressed in black and was wearing slash-proof, police-style gloves,” said Michael Edelson and Solomon Friedman.
“In the course of that life and death struggle, the intruder was stabbed. The Woods family immediately attempted to provide first aid to preserve his life. Several minutes later, paramedics and police arrived and took control of the scene.
“Following a lengthy and thorough homicide investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police, during which the Woods family members co-operated completely, the investigators have determined that no charges should be laid against Mr. Woods or his family in connection with the events of Sept. 11.
“The Criminal Code of Canada protects individuals from prosecution, who act in defence of themselves, their homes or other individuals. The Woods family acted in self-defence to preserve their own lives. They conducted themselves appropriately, lawfully and responsibly.”
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Barry Morgan Show (CJAD Radio), September 13, 2011
Interview/debate on the Barry Morgan Show.
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Charles Adler Show (Sun News Network), August 12, 2011
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Metro News (Ottawa), August 5, 2011
Ottawa Citizen, August 5, 2011
‘Quite graphic’ images in bishop’s child porn
Ottawa police Det. Andrew Thompson agreed with defence lawyer Solomon Friedman that the 588 images on Lahey’s laptop computer were fewer than some other collections he’s examined in his six years investigating child pornography.
During his cross-examination of the detective, Friedman attempted to portray Lahey as an unsophisticated user of child pornography who relied on web downloads instead of more commonly used file-sharing software.
The majority of Lahey’s collection was of young teen boys posing nude, Friedman suggested.
The term Lahey searched on Google more than 1,800 times – “twink” – commonly referred to in the gay community as a young, effeminate and adult male with a slim body type and no body hair, Friedman suggested.
Friedman also asked if websites, such as the three Lahey most commonly visited, typically posted disclaimers indicating that the images contained on the site were of people over the age of 18.
Thompson agreed. Lahey had also not encrypted his collection, nor did he store it in organized folders, Friedman suggested.
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London Free Press, August 5, 2011
Ex-bishop’s child porn sentencing hearing begins
Defence lawyer Solomon Friedman got an Ottawa police detective to admit that Lahey might not have seen about half of the images found on his computer.
About 300 were in a folder used to store temporary Internet files, which can be created without the user having seen them, Det. Andrew Thompson testified.
The other half of Lahey’s collection was with the other porn — “a dump of material,” Friedman said.
Thompson also said he found no evidence that Lahey tried to pay for child porn. Nor did Lahey have file-sharing software on his computer.
Friedman suggested that most of the images were less aggravating nude poses, but Thompson didn’t bite.
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