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VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
open and undershirt exposed, the judge raged, “I didn’t mean her!” I was terrified.
As I scrambled to retreat, Hogan pushed me forward. With a chuckle he
responded, “Well her is here, and there are lots of hers following her.” As we sat
crammed on the couch with the prosecutors, Hogan was relaxed, seemingly
oblivious to the unabated tension. The meeting was brief as the judge fumed.
And so it was that on that day Hogan became a founding member of the “her
I met Jim in October 1973 when I joined the firm Mulligan, Hogan, Ritchie and
Furman. I practised with Jim for approximately nine years. I have now been
practicing close to 50 years and, in my opinion, he was the finest lawyer I’ve
ever known in front of a jury. He was good wherever he practised but in front
of a jury he was masterful. He was also a very decent human being and had
a character that attracted people, even police officers he vigorously crossexamined.
One measure of that is the list of lawyers who over the years sought
out the opportunity to work with Jim, among them Ed Horembala, Q.C., Terry
La Liberté, Q.C., Alison MacLennan, Q.C., Richard Israels, Q.C.—the list
Jim was regularly sought out to act for a whole cast of characters and in different
capacities, including: Ms. Hollander, the Happy Hooker; Ellery Long,
the last person facing the death penalty in Canada; and Dwight Lucas in the
infamous B.C. Pen hostage-taking incident.
One illustration of his well-deserved popularity and reputation is the case of
Vancouver City Police officer Cst. Musgrave, who was charged with murder.
The constable had begun a high-speed chase through the streets of Vancouver,
finally ending up in Richmond. The driver continued to defy the police
notwithstanding the additional presence of a Richmond RCMP officer. Unfortunately
the Vancouver City police officer shot and killed the young man. The
RCMP began an investigation of the incident with a view to laying charges.
The Vancouver Policeman’s Union immediately retained the services of Jim,
who recommended against making a statement to the RCMP, which they were
vigorously pressing for. Eventually, the officer was arrested by the RCMP on
a Friday afternoon notwithstanding Jim’s offer to surrender him at any time
convenient to everyone. The constable was looking at spending the weekend in
cells hosted by the RCMP. When Jim learned of the arrest he very quickly (and
it seemed to me with relative ease) tracked down Justice Mackoff at home, who
upon Jim’s request attended the courthouse late that Friday and not only
granted bail but as I recall it vociferously took the RCMP to task for their
behaviour in the arrest, timing included.