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Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:05 PM

Federal government funds anti-gun programs

In an effort to reduce gun and gang violence and make it harder for criminals to obtain and use handguns and assault weapons, the federal government has pledged ongoing financial support for initiatives designed to reduce gun crime and criminal gang activities. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 1:57 PM

‘Red zones’ violate rights of marginalized people, study says Marie-Eve Sylvestre

“Red zones” or “no-go” orders, conditions of release imposed by police or the courts in bail or probation orders that prohibit an individual from entering or being found within a specific place or area, have become increasingly pervasive but are costly, ineffective and violate people’s rights, concludes a new study. ... [read more]

Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

CONTROLLED DRUGS AND SUBSTANCES - Trafficking - Other substances - Conspiracy

Appeal by the accused, Parsons, from a conviction and sentence for conspiracy to traffic cocaine. ... [read more]

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

CJC set to decide whether to recommend judge’s removal for lying, a Canadian first

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has refused to delay its vote on the fate of a Quebec Superior Court judge who has spent five years fighting allegations that he used cocaine as a lawyer and then lied about it to two successive CJC Inquiry Committees that investigated his conduct. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:28 PM

New prison justice society established on East Coast Mark Knox

Marginalized groups often experience the most significant access to justice issues, and no one may grapple more with those harsh realities than inmates in Canada’s federal and provincial prisons. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:20 AM

Permanent residents who receive conditional sentences are not inadmissible Immigrants

In Tran v. Canada, the Supreme Court issued a reminder that sentencing judges are required to take collateral immigration consequences into account. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against rights of property - Theft and offences resembling theft - Doctrine of recent possession

Appeal by the accused, Farnsworth, from a conviction for possession of a vehicle obtained by fraud. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 8:59 AM

Statistical base rates and the prediction of behaviour | Anthony Doob and Rosemary Gartner

Imagine that a man is charged with killing his wife. There is clear evidence that he had been unfaithful in their marriage. Let us assume that there is known to be a statistically significant relationship between being unfaithful and killing one’s spouse: those who are unfaithful are more likely to kill their spouses than those who are faithful to their spouses.The defence argues that her death was an accident and that his marital infidelity should not be brought before the jury. Should the evidence of his extramarital affairs be admitted into evidence to support the conclusion that he, in fact, murdered her? ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

Speaking out on the right to remain silent remain_silent_sm

The Supreme Court’s majority decision in R. v. Singh 2007 SCC 48 concerned a suspect’s s. 7 Charter right to silence and whether the person made a meaningful choice. Singh was a detained murder suspect. During his police interrogation, he asserted his right to remain silent 18 times before ultimately making some inculpatory statements. Despite defence objections, the statements were deemed admissible.   ... [read more]

Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 7:57 AM

CRIMINAL CODE OFFENCES - Offences against person and reputation - Assaults - Sexual assault - Consent - Honest but mistaken belief

Appeal by the accused, Orwin, from a conviction and sentence for sexual assault. The accused, age 23, and the complainant, age 18, had a short-term casual relationship. ... [read more]