In his blog yesterday, Mark Steyn, discusses the failing health of Conrad Black's American lawyer, Ed Genson. Genson apparently suffers from a neuromuscular condition which makes it difficult for him to walk or stand for any length of time. Genson has required breaks during the proceedings to deal with blinding headaches which make him lose his train of thought. All of this has made for closing submissions that have been difficult to follow. Steyn wryly notes: "It would be a cruel caprice for Conrad Black to be sentenced to a century in jail because his lawyer was sick on the big day."
Interesting that in Ontario, the Emergency Leave (sick leave) provisions of the Employment Standards Act do not apply to lawyers -- for precisely the reason Steyn sets out.