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Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 9:23 AM

Without a warrant: Police use popular family tree genealogy sites to solve murder cases | Laurelly Dale

Collect evidence now, ask questions later. That is the approach of police and FBI in the U.S. using GEDmatch, a DNA data collection site that combines results from the popular 23andMe and Ancestry sites. The site was praised for helping solve the mystery of the Golden State serial killer. Before any courts can weigh in, the police have used GEDmatch in 60 cold cases. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 12:14 PM

Gene genie: Why criminal law power to protect genetic information is constitutional Bluebodyscience

Science can now peer into the very code of life, the recipe that makes up who we are. DNA testing can tell, with a high degree of certainty, whether we are likely to fall prey to certain illnesses or transmit them to our descendants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 8:55 AM

Students can still appear in summary conviction matters after B.C. amends law

B.C. has followed in Ontario’s footsteps to ensure students will continue to be able to act on summary conviction matters. An order-in-council by the provincial lieutenant-governor, which came into effect Sept. 19, allows articling students, temporary articling students and students who are participating in law clinics and programs to appear as agents under s. 802.1(c) of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 8:47 AM

DANGEROUS AND LONG-TERM OFFENDERS - Dangerous offender designation

Appeal by 42-year-old Lawrence from his designation in 2012 as a dangerous offender and his sentence of indeterminate imprisonment. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:43 PM - Last Updated: Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 2:31 PM

SCC judges kick off week-long trip to Manitoba with press conference at Winnipeg law courts Richard Wagner

The Supreme Court’s nine judges kicked off their high-profile week-long trip to Winnipeg with a news conference by Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner and Chief Justice of Manitoba Richard Chartier. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 1:04 PM

Landmark ruling on medically-assisted death may set stage for more challenges  David Roberge

A landmark ruling that invalidated the “reasonably foreseeable” death clause of both the federal and Quebec laws on medical assistance in dying may lay the groundwork for further legal challenges seeking to broaden its coverage, according to legal experts. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 11:25 AM

Law society does not have ‘Label Town’ address | Ian Wilkinson

What a strange sensation creeping over me. I remember a fleeting feeling something like it when I heard family law was going to be put in scope for paralegals. It came back again when, excluding myself, the Stop the Statement of Principles (StopSOP) slate was elected. I felt it again when I watched Convocation approve criminal scope for paralegals and rescind the Statement of Principles (SOP). Could it be? No? Is this what it feels like to be proud to be part of the Law Society of Ontario (LSO)? Well that’s new, at least for me. ... [read more]

Monday, September 23, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES - Legal rights - Trial within a reasonable time

Appeal by the accused from conviction for driving with an excessive blood alcohol level. ... [read more]

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 3:40 PM - Last Updated: Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 3:43 PM

Officials hope recommendations to end racial profiling will help lawyers, clients Renu_Mandhane_sm

There is hope a new set of recommendations on how to end racial profiling by Ontario’s police forces will jump-start better communication between lawyers and aid them in understanding how profiling impacts their clients. ... [read more]

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Perils of non-alcoholic drinking while driving driving,eating.jpg

Drinking and driving can be a problem, even when the drink is non-alcoholic. ... [read more]