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Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Sentencing - Homicide - Second degree murder - Particular sanctions - Imprisonment - Parole ineligibility - Sentencing considerations - Joint submissions - Previous record - Guilty plea - Mental health

Sentencing of the offender, Ostamas, for three counts of second degree murder. The offender killed the three victims over a two-week period. The victims were known to frequent homeless shelters and the streets of downtown Winnipeg. They were severely intoxicated at the time of the killings and thus unable to defend themselves. The first victim was repeatedly kicked in the head in a bus shelter. Two weeks later, the second victim was accosted by the offender, led to a construction area behind a commercial building, and beaten to death with a piece of lumber. Surveillance security video captured the interaction and killing. Two hours after the second killing, the third victim was taken by the offender to a parking lot. His body was subsequently discovered in a pool of blood featuring injuries consistent with blunt force trauma and strangulation. The offender was arrested three days later. After consulting with counsel, the offender provided police with a 348-page statement admitting his involvement in all three homicides. He had an extensive criminal record and a history of mental illness. The offender pled guilty. A joint submission recommended a sentence of life imprisonment for each count, with the period of parole ineligibility raised from ten to 25 years. In addition, the joint submission recommended that the parole ineligibility periods run consecutively in accordance with s. 745.51 of the Criminal Code. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

SCC rules swabs don’t violate Charter

The Supreme Court’s decision authorizing police to swab DNA from the penises of some sexual assault suspects incident to their arrest raises the question whether Parliament should create a new warrant for invasive personal searches, such as genital swabs and body cavity searches. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

System failing Arabs, Muslims, study says

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Mobile wiretaps catch criminals, and everyone else

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Dangerous offender law may face Charter fight

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Conviction tossed over faulty jury charge

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Criminal Law - Constitutional issues - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Protection against arbitrary detention or imprisonment - Protection against unreasonable search and seizure -

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Criminal Law - Constitutional issues - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms - Legal rights - Remedies for denial of rights - Specific remedies - Exclusion of evidence

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Health Law - Health care professionals - Particular professions - Doctors - Constitutional issues - Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms -

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Thursday, July 07, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Transportation Law - Motor vehicles and highway traffic - Liability - Licence suspension and cancellation - Conditions precedent -

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