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‘How do you represent the people you represent?’

By Ryan Handlarski I have represented everyone from accused drug traffickers, to accused sexual assaulters, to accused murderers. The stock answer to this question from most ... Read more

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What to expect if police suspect you are driving on drugs

By Joseph Neuberger It is no mystery why Ontario law enforcement and safety advocates urge drivers to stay off the road after they have been using any substances that may ... Read more

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Judge's racial profiling finding took courage: Gadhia

It's shocking that there have been so few judicial findings of racial profiling by police which undersells the long-argued problem, says Toronto criminal lawyer  Roots Gadhia ... Read more

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Success of automatism defence for sex assaults 'pretty low': Stilman

An Ontario court decision allowing the defence of automatism caused by extreme inebriation in sex assault cases does not mean it’s open season on women, says Toronto ... Read more

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New marijuana laws a maze of confusion

Canadians may be in for a rude awakening in October when the legalization of marijuana ushers in a labyrinth of confusing laws that could leave them open to criminal prosecution, ... Read more

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The intense highs and immense lows of criminal law

By Ryan Handlarski Let me tell you about the first acquittal that I ever experienced. The client was charged with a sexual assault and forcible confinement. If he were ... Read more

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Don't shy away from racial profiling Charter challenges: Izadi

Defence counsel shouldn’t shy away from bringing Charter challenges based on racial profiling, Toronto criminal lawyer  Melody Izadi tells  AdvocateDaily.com . ... Read more

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Federal law on intoxication sex assault defence unconstitutional: Ontario judge

TORONTO — People accused of sexual assault in Ontario are once again allowed to use excessive intoxication as a defence against criminal charges, a judge has ... Read more

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Fighting extradition an uphill battle: Botting

Canada’s  Extradition Act  is so stacked in favour of prosecutors in the requesting country that an accused person has little hope of resisting it — unless ... Read more

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Rosen's mentorship of young lawyers recognized with major CLA award

When Toronto criminal lawyer  John M. Rosen  started to practice after his call to the bar in 1970, mentorship was virtually unknown unless you were lucky enough to work ... Read more

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Low threshold for legal aid blocks access to justice in serious cases

An artificially low-income threshold prevents many people charged with serious criminal offences from getting affordable justice, says Toronto defence lawyer Jordana Goldlist . ... Read more

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Analysis can turn bits of video into an airtight criminal conviction

A tattoo, a goatee, a case of beer and a missed train — these disparate items caught on various video cameras led police to a brutal rapist and to his subsequent ... Read more

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Cities aiming to restrict firearms open door to legal challenges

Calgary criminal lawyer  Greg Dunn  tells Vice   while a municipality or province can't control firearm ownership, they can make it difficult to accommodate ... Read more

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Understanding the legal landscape of domestic assault

People facing a domestic assault charge have more options than they   think to address the accusation, Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler  tells  ... Read more

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Former groundskeeper acquitted of sexually assaulting Halifax woman

HALIFAX — A Halifax judge has acquitted a former Saint Mary's University groundskeeper of an alleged sexual assault last year. The 35-year-old was charged with ... Read more

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Extradition process to U.S. must change: McKay

Canadian extradition law is badly tilted in favour of prosecutors, and Canadians facing criminal charges in the United States are being forced into plea bargains because of the ... Read more

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Presumption of innocence only thing between justice and lynch mob

The presumption of innocence for people accused of sex assault is threatened by a growing tendency to automatically believe complainants, says Toronto criminal lawyer Laurelly ... Read more

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Preparation key to successful cross-exam: Hicks

Preparation is the key element to a successful cross-examination when defending a client in murder trials, says Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks .  “You ... Read more

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Grey Wowk Spencer LLP welcomes new partner

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator  Leighton Grey  and Lawren Wowk are pleased to welcome Hart Spencer into the firm’s new partnership of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP . ... Read more

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Preparation key to successful self-defence argument: Daviau

Self-defence homicide is developing in Canada, as two recent cases show — but it's not a simple tactic for a criminal defence team to apply, says Toronto criminal ... Read more

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