N.S. Barristers’ Society suspends Halifax lawyer convicted of sex assault

The Canadian Press
Published on June 3, 2014
Lyle Howe quickly exits the courtroom on Saturday afternoon. Howe was found guilty for sexual assault but not guilty for administering a stupefying drug.
Patrick McKenna for Metro Halifax

HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has suspended a Halifax lawyer who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman.

Lyle Howe was convicted by a jury on Saturday of the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman on March 20, 2011.

Throughout the trial, Crown attorneys argued the victim was impaired and incapacitated and never gave consent, while Howe argued the sexual act was consensual.

Howe was also charged with administering a stupefying drug, but was acquitted on that charge.

Darrel Pink, the executive director of the barristers’ society, says a complaints investigation committee met by teleconference Monday and decided to suspend him.

Pink says the complaints committee made the decision under its Legal Profession Act based on Howe’s conviction.

The act gives the society emergency powers to deal quickly with cases when it is considered to be in the interests of protecting the public.