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The Friday Brief: Managing Editor’s must-read items from this week

Friday, May 24, 2019 @ 1:15 PM | By Matthew Grace

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Here are my picks for the top stories we published this week.
Supreme Court clarifies sexual assault law in case spotlighting justice system’s mistreatment of Indigenous women and sex workers
In a much anticipated ruling that addresses jury charges, consent, the use of the rape shield and a host of other fraught issues in the law and prosecution of sexual assault, the Supreme Court of Canada has 4-3 allowed, in part, the appeal of Bradley Barton from an Alberta Court of Appeal ruling that ruled in 2017, after his acquittal by a jury, that Barton must face a new trial on murder and manslaughter in the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue following their sexual encounters.

StopSOP slate nominates sole practitioner in bid for Law Society of Ontario treasurer
The StopSOP slate, 22 of whom were elected as benchers of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) on May 1, have announced their support for Chi-Kun Shi in a bid for treasurer.

Canadian Judicial Council’s legal bid to insulate itself from judicial review for fairness may have run its course
The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC), chaired by Canada’s top judge, has not yet announced whether it will seek leave to appeal a recent Federal Court of Appeal decision to the Supreme Court of Canada — a move that would likely lead to Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner and Justice Suzanne Côté recusing themselves from the novel case.

B.C. money laundering response must uphold privacy interests, privilege: bar association
The government of British Columbia has announced a public inquiry into money laundering in the province, but legal observers are raising concerns about some of the recommendations made in a recent report aimed at stemming the flow of dirty money in the province.

Habeas corpus and immigration detention: Now a real option
In their analysis article, Jacqueline Bart and Carrie Wright write: “Almost six months after the Supreme Court heard the case of Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina 2019 SCC 29, the judgment of the court was rendered on May 10, 2019.”
Matthew Grace is the Managing Editor of The Lawyer’s Daily.