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Conrad Black is seen at an Empire Club luncheon in Toronto on June 6, 2012. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Conrad Black is seen at an Empire Club luncheon in Toronto on June 6, 2012. (Chris Young/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

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Readers defend lawyers who cast doubt on Kenney's role in Conrad Black permit Add to ...

The community team rounds up the most-commented articles from the Globe and Mail's website and features the most popular postings. (Note: Some comments have been condensed and edited. Scores are accurate at the time of publishing.)

This week, a group of 80 lawyers wrote a letter in support of a colleague who challenged Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's claim that he played no role in granting Conrad Black a permit to live in Canada. Mr. Kenney’s office tried to have Toronto lawyer Guidy Mamann censured for saying he found it improbable that the decision was made without the minister’s input.

Steven Chase's story about the lawyers' letter was the most commented story on our site. Of the 1,636 comments left by readers, the highest rated, with a score of 542 (592 votes up, 50 down), was by diane marie, who wrote:

We're all entitled to voice our suspicions, whether others consider them to be grounded or not, but when the Conservatives stand out in a farmer's field talking about freedom, they obviously don't mean freedom of speech.

These are the 10 most-commented stories for the week of July 29, 2012:

1.Jason Kenney faces legal uprising over Conrad Black visa Comments: 1,636

2.Harper says Kenney not involved in Conrad Black’s visa Comments: 1,462

3.Chick-fil-A firestorm over same-sex marriage hits fever pitch Comments: 1,210

4.British Columbians could be swayed on pipeline, polls show Comments: 999

5.Religion’s fair game if it motivates politics Comments: 839

6.Harper pardons farmers convicted years ago of selling grain in the U.S. Comments: 734

7.One-third of young Canadians have no retirement savings Comments: 721

8.‘Unreasonable’ to send third-party manager to Attiwapiskat: Federal Court Comments: 701

9.Police alone can't stop gangs, Toronto Chief Bill Blair says Comments: 657

10.Let’s stop catering to Big Oil Comments: 626

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