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Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Gadhia worried about rising prison tensions

It’s impossible to make a good first impression if you haven’t shaved for four days, showered in three or brushed your teeth in two. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Stopped by the police? There’s an app for that

The controversial practice of carding — in which a police officer stops a pedestrian for no apparent reason and asks for identification — has spurred initiatives for peaceful resistance. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Supreme Court sets the bar high for liability in application review

Ottawa faces potential civil liability if the federal justice minister reviews Criminal Code applications for mercy in an “irrational,” “bad faith” or “seriously reckless” way, the Supreme Court has held. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Friedman sees opportunity lost for police scrutiny

In rescinding police services boards from provincial ombudsman scrutiny, the Ontario government is setting a dangerous precedent, warns Ottawa criminal defence lawyer Solomon Friedman. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 02, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Canada complacent on racial issues, lawyers say

In the wake of a Charleston, N.C., church shooting in which nine black members of a Bible study group were gunned down and a 21-year-old white male with racist views charged in their murders, Canadians, like Americans, were undoubtedly shocked. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 11, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

SCC confirms extradition of suspects to U.S.

The Supreme Court has underscored deference and comity in extradition cases, affirming the surrender of two men to the United States to face trial for the brutal murders of a New Hampshire lesbian couple. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

False premise

When the voluntariness of a confession is challenged at trial, judges may be required to appraise the weight of confirmatory evidence whose probative value must be evaluated. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 04, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Appeal court raps jury over inconsistencies

It was illogical and inconsistent for a jury to convict a Toronto-area man for criminal negligence causing death while acquitting him on a charge of dangerous driving causing death for the same conduct, the Court of Appeal for Ontario has ruled. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Norris warns more will be jailed before trial given top court ruling

Critics warn that the Supreme Court’s expansion of the power to deny bail when necessary to maintain public confidence will fill overcrowded jails with accused who are neither dangerous nor likely to flee before trial. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Language rights denial prompts strong rebuke

The Court of Appeal for Ontario has quashed an Ottawa man’s committal for trial and ordered his legal costs paid after finding “repeated” and “reprehensible” violations of his right to a criminal proceeding in French. ... [read more]