Ontario Says No to 'Fire' Sales, Refuses to Give Convicted Arsonist Dealer License
If we were all judged solely by our mistakes, we couldn’t elect anyone president. Having said that, maybe it’s good to give a little time between jail terms and licensed professions — especially when you were convicted in a firebombing directly related to that same profession.
An Ontario Superior Court overturned a lower court’s ruling to grant a vehicle sales license to a man just four days after his release from a federal prison, according to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council. The man was sentenced to jail for hiring another man to set fire to a New York State Department of Motor Vehicle office and a DMV inspector’s car while the applicant was a car dealer in Buffalo, New York.
According to the court, the man lied about his jail term and the circumstances regarding his case. Prior to the Superior Court ruling, the man was rejected by local authorities for a license, but successfully appealed the ruling in a lower court.
“This was an individual who’d been convicted and jailed for firebombing the offices and vehicle of a U.S. regulator and then tried to mislead OMVIC in order to gain registration here,” Mary Jane South, Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council registrar, said in a statement. “There was no way in hell we thought this man was entitled to registration.”
The Ontario Superior Court said it wouldn’t send back the decision to the lower court, adding that its ruling would be final.
That’s probably best for everyone.