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Officer's remorse may help mitigate punishment

The remorse shown by a police officer, represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Maureen Salama, by pleading guilty to charges involving her ex-boyfriend and his wife may help mitigate the punishment she will receive from the city's police department.

According to the Toronto Star, the officer was charged under the Police Services Act on two counts of insubordination and one for discreditable conduct.
In a joint submission, Salama, an associate at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, and the police prosecutor recommended the officer be given 38 consecutive days without pay for the three charges, the Star reports.
According to the article, Salama told the tribunal that the officer's conduct up until the end of 2011 had been mostly exemplary based on work record.
Salama read a letter of apology from her client, the article says, telling the tribunal how sorry she was for what she did and how she sought counselling after the offences. Salama also read from the letter how the officer experienced periods of depression and how important her job is to her.
“Policing means the world to me,” she wrote. “Words cannot express how sorry I am.”

The tribunal decision is expected March 26.

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