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Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Court overturns man's murder conviction over improper jury selection Dirk Derstine sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of second-degree murder in the Eaton Centre shooting. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 12:39 PM

Court denies accused terrorist’s attempts to get security certificate quashed David Stratas

Mohamed Zeki Mahjoub's latest effort to overturn a security certificate denying him entry into Canada because of ties to terrorist organizations has been rejected. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 12:01 PM

Sinclair to investigate Thunder Bay Police Services Board

Sen. Murray Sinclair, the first Indigenous judge in Manitoba who later headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Canada’s residential schools, has been called upon to investigate the Thunder Bay Police Services Board. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 03:31 PM

Vancouver legal clinic urges prisons to improve drug treatment for inmates Nicole Kief sm

Advocates for inmates in British Columbia say there is a desperate need for opiate substitution therapy to treat addiction issues in Canada’s prisons. ... [read more]

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 07:14 AM

Insufficient time for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry to complete work: law professor Signa Daum Shanks

The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) — which has struggled with resignations, delays and accusations of poor communication — could learn some lessons from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, says an Osgoode Hall law school professor. ... [read more]

Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 08:20 AM

SENTENCING - Non-Criminal Code and regulatory offences - Controlled drugs and substances - Cultivation or production - Sentencing precedents or starting point

Appeal by the Crown from a declaration that the mandatory prison term under s. 7(2)(b)(i) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) was unconstitutional. ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 08:17 AM

COMPUTER CRIMES - Offences - Obscenity and pornography - Child pornography - Mens rea - Procedure - Appeals

Appeal by the accused from a conviction for making child pornography available. The accused did not dispute that he installed the LimeWire peer-to-peer file sharing program on his computer and used it to download child pornography picture and video files during a three-week period in 2007. At issue was whether the accused knew or was wilfully blind to the fact that the use of LimeWire made child pornography available to others. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 01:59 PM

Iconic defence lawyer Wolch remembered as lion of the law Hersh Wolch

Best known as the dedicated defender of high-profile, wrongly convicted clients David Milgaard and Steven Truscott, iconic criminal defence lawyer Hersh Wolch is being remembered for the humanity and changes he brought to the way the law is administered and interpreted in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 09:37 AM

Ontario judge awards woman $255,000 after ruling rights were violated by police Lawrence Greenspon

An Ottawa woman who sued that city’s police service for wrongful arrest and imprisonment has been awarded $255,000 after an Ontario Superior Court justice ruled her rights were repeatedly violated. ... [read more]

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 08:39 AM

Defence lawyer pays the costs for one too many motions Coin_Manishen_sm

While the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Quebec (Criminal and Penal Prosecutions) v. Jodoin may not have been the subject of much comment in the public forum, a close reading of the majority reasons could give rise to some very real concerns among those who practise criminal law in Canada. ... [read more]