Lawyer who served 30-day jail sentence allowed to resume practising

Lawyer who served 30-day jail sentence allowed to resume practising

A Nova Scotia lawyer who recently finished serving a 30-day jail sentence is being allowed to resume practising law under certain conditions.

On Thursday, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society lifted the suspension it had placed on Duane Rhyno on Jan. 3, 2017.

The lawyer from Lower Sackville was charged with human trafficking in September 2014 after he was accused of selling the sexual services of a woman using a hotel in the Annapolis Valley.

The charges were withdrawn before the case went to trial.

Rhyno was also accused of four counts of breaching a court order to stay away from the woman. He pleaded guilty to two of the charges in October 2016, admitting he met the woman twice in a Dartmouth parking lot in February 2015. 

Conditions

Darrel Pink, the executive director of the barristers' society, said Rhyno was suspended while he served time behind bars. Now that he is out of jail, the reasons for the suspension were no longer relevant.

To resume practising law, Rhyno must do so under the supervision of lawyer Brian Bailey and follow various conditions.

"Together they will identify what the appropriate conditions need to be," said Pink.

In December 2016, Rhyno said in court he had a long on-again, off-again relationship with the woman. Rhyno said she was a prostitute with a cocaine addiction.