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Toronto criminal lawyer Marshall Sack dies

|Written By Glenn Kauth

Toronto’s criminal defence community is mourning the loss of veteran lawyer Marshall Sack.

According to an obituary published today, Sack died yesterday while surrounded by family. The husband of Vicki Sack, he had four children.

“He did good work and was well-respected and built a terrific practice,” says John Rosen, a lawyer with Rosen & Co. who knew Sack since his call to the bar. “He was a bright, energetic, smart trial lawyer.”

“He had a command of the English that surpassed the great Sir Marshal Hall whom his mother presciently named him after. He was a leader at the bar and a great advocate,” wrote Toronto litigator James Morton on his blog.

A sole practitioner who often practised in association with other lawyers, Sack took on several high-profile criminal cases in Toronto. One of the recent ones was the murder trial over the death of teenager Stefanie Rengel in 2008. He represented the girlfriend of the teen who actually killed Rengel. The court ultimately found his client, who had urged her boyfriend to kill Rengel over MSN and text messages, guilty of first-degree murder.

Further back, he represented Rose Cece, who along with Mary Barbara Taylor was accused of killing Toronto police Det.-Const. Billy Hancox on Aug. 4, 1998.

According to Rosen, Sack had a reputation for his fierce courtroom skills. “He was well-known for his cross-examination skills,” he says. “When Marshall was on, he was really on.”

The obituary says a service will take place tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel at 2401 Steeles Ave. W. and has details about shiva visitations. Donations can be made to the Israel Cancer Institute.

  • Gray C Knight
    He was the best teacher I ever had. Ever in my heart.
    Shalom brother
  • Sylvia
    Marshall you will always be in our thoughts. Thank you for all the advise you gave us we will never forget you. rest in peace. condolences to the family
  • RE: Toronto criminal lawyer Marshall Sack dies

    Rip mr sack we all love and will miss u dearly
    Even tho u loved money!!?
  • RE: Toronto criminal lawyer Marshall Sack dies

    The Original
    Thanks to Marshall Sack for my life had it not been for him toronto so called finest would have destroyed me. RIP MARSHALL SACK the skillest defence lawyer next to Jack Pinkofsy in all of Canada.
  • RE: Toronto criminal lawyer Marshall Sack dies

    Marshall Sack RIP
    Marshall Sack was hands down one of the best lawyers Toronto has ever seen. He has helped many people in many ways God bless his soul.
    Take Care Marshall
  • Trisha
    This is very sad as he was an amazing lawyer and even more so an Amazing person with a great presence and enjoyment for life. I loved his car and he always joked with me about driving it. He will be very missed. My condolences to his wife, children, family and anyone else who mourns and suffers from this traggic loss.




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