Corby to celebrate with a joint: Lawyer
Schapelle Corby's former lawyer, Kerry Smith-Douglas, says the convicted drug smuggler will celebrate her release from a Bali prison with a "big marijuana joint". Nine News.PT0M49S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-322oh 620 349 February 6, 2014
Schapelle Corby's family have blasted a woman who purported to be their former lawyer for comments she made on television, saying they were "in bad taste and ill-informed".
Kerry Smith-Douglas gave an interview on Channel 9's Today program on Thursday morning, saying the convicted drug smuggler will smoke "a big marijuana joint" upon her release from prison in Indonesia.
Asked how Corby would celebrate her freedom, Ms Smith-Douglas said: "She'll probably pop a cork of champagne and then roll up a big marijuana joint the size of a cigar and then kick back and enjoy herself."
Schapelle Corby in an Indonesian cell. Photo: Jason South
Today host Karl Stefanovic asked Ms Smith-Douglas whether she herself had been smoking before her appearance. Without directly answering, she laughed and said that her eyes were red.
She later told Fairfax Radio station 3AW that the comments were just a "joke".
In a statement, the Corby family rejected the assertions by Ms Smith-Douglas that she had once acted for the family.
"This morning on the Today show Kerry Smith-Douglas was interviewed, introduced as, and claiming to be, the former lawyer of the Corby family. That assertion was incorrect," they said in a statement.
"Ms Smith-Douglas has never been retained by any member of the Corby family. They met with her on two occasions but they declined to engage her as their lawyer. The comments that Ms Smith-Douglas made on the Today programme are in bad taste and ill-informed."
The statement urged the Nine Network to "take more care" to check their sources before broadcasting such insensitive and hurtful material.
Ms Smith-Douglas has previously been identified in reports as having been a lawyer acting for the family.
In 2011, it was reported she had been "sacked" as their lawyer. A year before that, Schapelle's mother Rosalie Rose had been quoted as saying of Ms Smith-Douglas: "She's a strong and dedicated woman and we're going to work with her to bring Schapelle home."
Upon her apparent sacking, Ms Smith-Douglas was quoted in Fairfax Media as saying she would still campaign for Corby's release. ''I don't know for sure whether she is guilty or innocent,'' she said. ''All I know is, she has spent more than enough time in that Third World jail.''
Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana into Bali in her boogie board bag and was sentenced to 20 years in jail in 2005. Her sentence was cut by five years in 2012 for good behaviour.
This week, Indonesian Justice Minister Amir Syamsuddin said Corby could be paroled from prison by as soon as Friday.
Asked later by Neil Mitchell on Fairfax Radio's 3AW if she was serious, Ms Smith-Douglas replied: "No. It was a joke; don't you have a sense of humour? Get a life. Loosen up. Enjoy a joke.
"If the Indonesians can't take a joke, then that's their problem."
Mitchell said that if Indonesia's authorities couldn't "take a joke, it could be Schapelle Corby's problem" as well.
It is expected that if Corby is allowed to leave prison she will remain in Bali until 2017 to meet parole conditions.