Lawyer who skipped court to do TV interview apologizes to judge

After an emotional apology for skipping a sentencing hearing to do interviews for CP24, lawyer and frequent media commentator Ari Goldkind avoided being cited for contempt of court by a Toronto judge on Monday morning. Addressing Superior Court Justice Michael Dambrot, Goldkind admitted to making a “very poor decision” and said his failure to attend court was not just “inconvenient or disruptive but disrespectful to (the judge) personally and to the court as an institution.” Goldkind’s lawyer Scott Hutchinson told the court that on June 7, Goldkind was “offered a professional opportunity from a media outlet” and attempted to reschedule the June 8 sentencing hearing to accommodate it.The Crown refused to do so and on June 8, Goldkind did not attend court. He was supposed to have been representing Emanuel Lozada, who was convicted by a jury of manslaughter in the fatal stabbing of 19-year-old Rameez Khalid on Nuit Blanche in 2013.Article Continued BelowBut instead he was on TV. A video posted to his Facebook page on June 8 shows him doing an interview that afternoon on CP24 in front of the courthouse about the trial of three Toronto police officers accused of sexual assault. The post says that was one of many interviews that day. The sentencing hearing was adjourned until June 19, when Goldkind explained his absence was due to a personal matter he could not get out of, an answer that “was less than transparent and less than clear,” Hutchinson said. However, Hutchinson said Goldkind was not trying to hide what he did.