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Letter from Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Kellock, to Rev. Libero Sauro, December 28, 1940
Letter from Mason, Foulds, Davidson & Kellock (Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries), to Rev. Libero Sauro, December 28, 1940.
Rev. Libero Sauro was arrested on September 7, 1940 and held at Don Jail before being transferred to Petawawa Internment Camp.
Under the DOCR (Defence of Canada Regulations), after 30 days, internees could formally object to their detention to an advisory committee appointed by the Minister of Justice. The Minister of Justice then appointed a judge to review the internee’s case. This meant an examination of the RCMP’s evidence against the internee, meetings with the internee, and interviews with witnesses who could attest to the internee’s character. After this, the judge either recommended an internee’s release or continued internment to the Minister of Justice.
To assist in this process, some educated and established internees were able to hire lawyers to represent them during their hearings with an appointed judge. Legal counsel was not available to the majority of internees. Many families hired lawyers at great cost. The Tiezzi family received a $2000 bill -- an even more significant amount in the 1940s.
This letter refers to Sauro's hearing before Justice Fortier and the outcome resulting in his release.
This document forms part of a collection of documents and other materials donated by the Sauro family.
December 28, 1940
Recto: [t-b, l-r]: [printed on paper] MASON, FOULDS, DAVIDSON & KELLOCK / Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries [illeg.] / G. W. Mason, K.C., A. Foulds, K.C., / W.W. Davidson, K.C., R. L. Kellock, K.C., / R. D. Walter, E. C. Gordon, E. W. Ireland, / G. A. Gale, J. D. Arnup. K. A. Foulds. / Telephone Elgin 2481 / Cable Address “Masemidon” / Sterling Tower Building / 372 Bay Street / Toronto 2 / Canada [typed] December 28, 1940. / Rev. Libero Sauro, / 104 Millwood Road, / Toronto. / Dear Mr. Sauro:- / I was much pleased to hear from Mr. [sic] Sauro that you / expected to be home yesterday. / I received letters from Mr. H. B. Johnson of Pembroke / enclosing a letter from Mr. W. R. Jackett to him, dated the / 24th instant, stating that he had been directed to inform you / that the Minister of Justice had signed and order for your release. / Mr. Johnson also sent a copy of his notes of the statements made / by you to Mr. Justice Fortier. In his letter of the 24th / instant he told me that he believed that the Judge was impressed / with the statements made by you. / I have some material [sic] which should be returned to / you and shall be glad to hand them to you or Mrs. Sauro when it / is convenient for either of you to call. / GWM//Mac. Yours Truly, [signature in ink]
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