Lawyers David Butcher and Brock Martland named as special prosecutors linked to criminal probe at legislature

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      B.C.'s assistant deputy attorney general, Peter Juk, has appointed two senior lawyers in connection with a high-profile RCMP probe.

      Today, the clerk of the legislature, Craig James, and the sergeant-at-arms, Gary Lenz, were escorted off the premises by Victoria police officers.

      Solicitor General Mike Farnworth introduced a motion noting that they were on administrative leave while as "a consequence of an outstanding investgation". The two senior officials are barred from the building and from accessing the legislative assembly's network equipment, systems, or services.

      Vancouver lawyers David Butcher and Brock Martland have been named as special prosecutors by Juk.

      They were retained on October 1, though news of the criminal case only emerged today.

      "Given the potential size and scope of the investigation, the ADAG [assistant deputy attorney general] determined that two Special Prosecutors would be appointed," the B.C. Prosecution Service said in a statement. 

      Their mandate includes offering legal advice to the investigative agency, conducting an independent assessment of any report to Crown counsel, and determining if prosecution is warranted.

      If so, Butcher and Martland would conduct the prosecution and any appeals.