Lawyers can't trust Bleijie, says former top solicitor
QUEENSLAND'S former Solicitor-General Walter Sofronoff has called for the Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie to resign.
Mr Sofronoff, who resigned from his state role with a one-line email last week, said when Mr Bleijie chose to break a confidence with one of the judiciary's most senior members, he failed in one of his "primary functions" to protect the court system.
Mr Sofronoff says it is "impossible" for the legal profession to trust Mr Bleijie after the Attorney-General publicly revealed details of a conversation between himself and Court of Appeal president Margaret McMurdo.
Speaking to 612 ABC Brisbane, Mr Sofronoff said Mr Bleijie had "defamed" Justice McMurdo, when he revealed a conversation the pair had last year about potential replacements for retiring Justice Margaret White.
Mr Sofronoff said when Mr Bleijie revealed the conversation to The Courier-Mail, he had inferred Justice McMurdo had acted unethically by putting forward her husband's name for the position.
"And knowing Justice McMurdo, I can tell you that, that imputation is completely false," Mr Sofronoff said.