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Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:08 PM

Wolf in sheep’s clothing: The legacy of Bernie Madoff Wolf in sheep's clothing

On April 14, 2021, Bernie Madoff died in a federal prison in North Carolina at the age of 82, while serving a 150-year prison sentence for fraud. The victims of his infamous Ponzi scheme, upon hearing the news, were quoted as saying, “I couldn’t wish enough bad things on him.” and “Death is too good for him.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 9:21 AM

Police investigation’s methods trumped by Charter, rules Ontario appellate court

Law enforcement officers cannot overlook the Charter rights of suspects and mislead them and their counsel, regardless of the merits of a criminal investigation, the Ontario Court of Appeal said in a blistering judgment on police conduct. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 4:48 PM

Federal budget about finishing fight against COVID-19: Freeland Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland

The federal Liberal government has released its first budget in more than two years, with a fiscal plan aimed at jobs and growth as Canada begins the long process of healing from the wounds inflicted by the COVID-19 pandemic. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 3:14 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 10:14 AM

Ontario curbs COVID-19 police powers; OBA raises concern about law office inspections

Ontario has taken steps to limit increased pandemic policing powers amid a chorus of public concern, a potential lawsuit and statements by several police forces saying they will not randomly stop individuals to enforce compliance with COVID-19 public health restrictions. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 10:50 AM

Oversaturated vs. underwhelmed: Chauvin trial from contrarian perspective | Laurelly Dale

Other than my own, I’ve never sat through an entire trial, and I’ve certainly never sat through one without access to disclosure. Day one of the Derek Chauvin trial, I struggled with the lack of control: yelling objections at the TV and rephrasing questions to accommodate my style of cross-examination. ... [read more]

Monday, April 19, 2021 @ 8:38 AM

Ontario Court of Appeal examines defence of provocation in murder case Janet Austin, University of New Brunswick

The whole series of events must be examined in criminal cases involving a defence of provocation, says a legal mind following an appellate court’s ordering of a new trial for a man who allegedly killed someone outside a bar. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 5:47 PM

Ontario extends stay-at-home order, tightens enforcement in bid to curb surging COVID-19 variants

Faced with potentially catastrophic COVID-19 modelling projections, Ontario is extending its state of emergency and stay-at-home order effective immediately and implementing tougher public health restrictions in an effort to control the rampant spread of the disease variants. ... [read more]

Friday, April 16, 2021 @ 2:38 PM

Witnesses: Putting the test in testimony | Marcel Strigberger

It was a cold Canadian winter morning. But let me get back to that in a moment. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 2:10 PM

Intercepted communications violated Charter: Ontario Court of Appeal

In a rare double ruling, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has delivered a decisive message that the admissibility of intercepted communications by police forces pursuant to the Criminal Code must adhere to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms if convictions are to withstand a legal challenge. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 1:27 PM

Proposed Alberta legislation would prevent long-term offenders from changing their names

A bill winding its way through the Alberta legislature would prevent violent offenders from changing their names, but a criminal lawyer is saying the legislation raises a number of red flags and could be seen as running afoul of the Charter. ... [read more]