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NEW Crane rescue highlights mischief charges

TORONTO — A young woman stranded for hours after scaling a construction crane in the middle of the night is a thrill seeker, a friend said Thursday. Marisa Lazo, 23, ... Read more

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Smith represents man charged in beating/stabbing death

Toronto criminal lawyer Tyler Smith is appearing before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to represent a man charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 2012 ... Read more

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Laurelly Dale: an advocate who aims to protect people's rights

The month of April has been exciting for Toronto criminal and civil litigator  Laurelly Dale . The week after she expanded her practice by hanging out her   ... Read more

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Issues around proposed marijuana laws mean revision needed

With concerns raised already about the proposed marijuana legislation, it’s expected the laws will be amended before they are passed, Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb ... Read more

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Ontario's segregation practices need immediate review

TORONTO — Vulnerable inmates are being put at risk due to Ontario's highly flawed system of segregation, the province's ombudsman said Thursday. In a hard-hitting report, ... Read more

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Proposed marijuana laws take 'heavy-handed approach'

The government's messaging around the legalization of marijuana has so far emphasized criminality instead of personal freedom and the failure of prohibition, Toronto criminal ... Read more

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Proposed law on roadside breath tests may be unconstitutional

A proposed law that would allow police to demand a breath test from a driver without needing a reasonable suspicion the individual has been drinking may be unconstitutional, ... Read more

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Forstner uses experience to help clients steer clear of justice system

Oshawa criminal lawyer Lawrence Forstner draws on his lengthy experience in the justice system and his personal story   of overcoming obstacles to help ... Read more

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Continued prosecution of pot offences 'massive waste of tax dollars'

OTTAWA — The federal plan to legalize recreational marijuana does not include the general amnesty for past pot convictions some would like to see, says Public Safety ... Read more

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Bail refusal highlights grounds to detain accused persons

An Ontario’s judge’s decision to deny bail to the Canadian accused in the massive hack of Yahoo emails puts the spotlight on the grounds a court relies on to detain ... Read more

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Stay all marijuana charges before the courts pending new laws: Harnett

Now that Ottawa has introduced legislation that, if passed, will allow Canadians to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett is calling for all ... Read more

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Neuberger to discuss proposed marijuana laws on Legal Briefs

Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger  will examine the proposed marijuana legislation and changes to impaired driving laws tonight on the live call-in radio show, Legal ... Read more

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Handlarski's client acquitted on gun charges

A 23-year-old man was acquitted of firearms charges after Toronto criminal lawyer  Ryan Handlarski  successfully argued the Crown's main witness was untruthful and ... Read more

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Hicks argues for new trial at OCA

Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA)   to argue that his client should get a new trial, reports CHCH Evening News . ... Read more

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Case underlines clash of accused's rights

A prosecutor's application to remove a defence lawyer from a case over concerns that counsel's lack of availability could lead to a stay of charges highlights a clash between ... Read more

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Assistance for jurors part of a functioning, fair system: Nichols

OTTAWA – Mark Farrant, 44, remembers going through a routine whenever it was time to leave the house. He would grab his keys and his cellphone, put on his jacket and then ... Read more

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New regulations coming for driving under the influence of pot?

By Stacey Nichols As the federal government moves closer to legalizing marijuana, the scramble continues to try and effectively deal with pot and how it affects drivers. The ... Read more

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Counsel of choice a key defence right: Gadhia

Removing   a defence lawyer from a first-degree murder trial because the Crown fears part of the case could be tossed is not the way to deal with court ... Read more

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Kelly co-ordinating Gladue Court workshops to break down barriers

Toronto criminal lawyer Shaunna Kelly  is organizing a series of educational workshops about aboriginal justice issues to boost awareness and understanding of Gladue Court. ... Read more

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Presser appeared before SCC on texting privacy cases

Toronto criminal lawyer Jill Presser  recently appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as an intervener in two cases that carry important implications for texting ... Read more

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