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Ex-wife 'lied' in bid to grab $1 million from former Alberta attorney general, court rules

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Breanna Palmer, the ex-wife of Calgary lawyer and former Alberta attorney general Jonathan Denis, lied to police and to the courts while under oath in an attempt to squeeze $1 million from her husband, says a recent court judgment.

Associate Chief Justice of Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench, John Rooke, ruled in a strongly-worded three-page judgment filed Feb. 25 that, on April 23, 2015, Palmer “conspired and filed a false and fraudulent report with the Calgary Police” against Denis, “in an attempt to have him charged with a criminal offence, falsely alleging that he cut the brakes and/or clutch” of her 1998 Acura Integra.

“This judgment speaks for itself,” a relieved Denis, 42, said from the Calgary office of Guardian Law Group, which he helped found four years ago, shortly after losing his Calgary-Acadia seat in the May 5, 2015, election. “It’s a very explicit judgment as to what went on and what the motive was.”

Justice Rooke also found that the following day, Palmer made false allegations against Denis and his mother while under oath before Alberta Provincial Court Judge Lynn Cook-Stanhope, when Palmer sought an ex-parte Emergency Protection Order (EPO), that was granted against Denis and his elderly mother, something that is done without the other side present to protect victims of domestic violence.

“In doing so, Breanna Palmer lied to the Court under oath with the intent of injuring Jonathan Denis and committed acts of defamation, injurious falsehood, malicious prosecution and abuse of process,” ruled Justice Rooke.

“Palmer carefully timed her false and fraudulent accusations, immediately before the Provincial election . . . to cause the maximum........

© Calgary Herald