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NEW BRUNSWICK: Finn replaces controversial judge

Thursday, August 12, 1999
The Globe and Mail

FREDERICTON -- The provincial government has appointed a replacement for a controversial judge suspended without pay for comments she made about residents of the Acadian Peninsula.

Yvette Finn will sit on the provincial bench in Tracadie-Sheila. That job used to be held by Jocelyne Moreau-Bérubé who caused an uproar during a sentencing hearing in February, 1998. In open court, she said a poll on the Acadian Peninsula would reveal more dishonest people than honest people.

Ms. Moreau-Bérubé was transferred to another district after a slew of complaints. She was fired by cabinet last April, then reinstated by the Court of Queen's Bench last month. Earlier this week, the Court of Appeal ordered Ms. Moreau-Bérubé off the bench temporarily pending an appeal of the Queen's Bench decision. In a statement released yesterday, Justice Minister Brad Green said the department has been trying to fill the spot in Tracadie-Sheila "for some time."

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