Laura Liscio, 32, was arrested at a courthouse in Brampton, north of Toronto, by Peel Regional Police for allegedly bringing drugs into the building. She was escorted in handcuffs, as been charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose, trafficking, obstructing justice, and breach of trust.
In a release, police allege Liscio smuggled drugs into the courthouse. The charges come after marijuana was found in clothing provided to an inmate scheduled to appear before a judge. Prior to her arrest, Liscio was representing Brampton man Jahrell Lungs, who is facing several weapons offenses.
It has been speculated that Liscio was bringing a change of clothes to a client in custody and the courthouse and drugs were allegedly found inside the clothes she delivered.
There has been support from lawyers and other criminal defense lawyers, stating the Police should not embarrass lawyers in robes by arresting them in front of their colleagues. Another lawyer stated that this situation could easily happen, when a family member of the client gives clothing you may not check the items for any foreign materials. During trials, it is common for lawyers to provide clothing for their client, as security personnel typically do not accept clothing provided to an inmate directly from family members.
She’ll appear in court in Brampton on March 12, 2015.