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Term psychopath 'morality masquerading as science': Fennel

It’s time we stop dehumanizing offenders by designating them psychopaths, a label based on uncertain science, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel . “I ... Read more

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Goldlist draws strength from past turmoil in mentoring at-risk youth

Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist is mentoring young women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence, helping them overcome and even draw strength from ... Read more

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Trump's willingness to intervene in Meng detention roils Canada's justification

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada's commitment to the rule of law following Donald Trump's declaration that he might intervene in charges against ... Read more

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Dennis Oland murder trial focuses on his father's missing iPhone

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — One of the most baffling aspects of the Richard Oland murder case was the focus of attention at his son's trial on Wednesday: What happened to the ... Read more

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Dostaler’s client acquitted of care and control charges

Ottawa criminal lawyer Céline Dostaler ‘s successful result in having her client acquitted of drunk driving charges turned on the fact that the woman's only ... Read more

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Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain: Webb

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb  says she  has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement. ... Read more

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Gun crime mandatory minimums interfere with Gladue principles: Dale

A Nunavut decision shows mandatory sentences for gun crimes inappropriately constrain judges when dealing with Aboriginal offenders, Toronto criminal and civil litigator  ... Read more

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Hicks' client not guilty of first-degree murder — convicted of manslaughter

   A Toronto man was found not guilty of first-degree murder but convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter in the 2015 beating death of an Ottawa music ... Read more

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Crossing U.S. border a catch-22 for those in cannabis business

A plan by the U.S. border agency to ban visitors for life if they have any connection to the now-legal Canadian marijuana industry puts travellers in a catch-22 and will ... Read more

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Maintaining fairness paramount in sex assault trials: Izadi

Those in the justice system should be as vigilant about ensuring there's no political interference to derail the court process as they are about supporting sexual assault victims ... Read more

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Holiday RIDE program facts every Ontario driver needs to know

By Céline Dostaler With the holiday season underway, so too are the holiday RIDE program checkpoints. Each year, law enforcement agencies across Ottawa and ... Read more

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Another impaired defence goes to that 'great courtroom in the sky'

Defence lawyers will have to devise new and innovative ways to succeed for those clients charged with impaired driving, Toronto criminal lawyer Jacob Stilman writes in The ... Read more

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Officer had to order other cops away from Oland crime scene, trial hears

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The battered body of multi-millionaire Richard Oland attracted unwanted attention from several Saint John police officers who visited the scene just ... Read more

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Appeal court ruling on plea arrangements a ‘game changer:' Dunn

The Alberta Court of Appeal has endorsed a plea deal negotiated by Calgary criminal lawyer Greg Dunn , sending a strong message that judges need to respect sentencing agreements. ... Read more

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Timing of stomping noises 'important' to Oland defence: Hicks

SAINT JOHN — A man who worked in Richard Oland's small office building told police he heard five or six "loud stomps'' on the night the multi-millionaire was bludgeoned to ... Read more

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Using excessive intoxication as a defence for sexual assault

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision means that the defence of extreme self-induced intoxication is now available for defendants to use in sexual assault cases, says ... Read more

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What law students, legal entrepreneurs can learn from Ferris Bueller

By Ryan Handlarski “Life moves pretty fast,” says a young Matthew Broderick to the camera breaking the fourth wall with the audience in the classic 80s movie ... Read more

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Neuberger urges police discretion in period of marijuana transition

Police should use discretion with members of the public as they become accustomed to new laws surrounding marijuana possession, Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger ... Read more

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Dangerous offender ruling a good starting point: Zita

A recent Supreme Court of Canada judgment   examining the dangerous offender designation helps clarify the process for the classification, along with the subsequent ... Read more

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Consider plea negotiations after all other options exhausted: Goldlist

Lawyers should enter into plea negotiations only as a last resort, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist  says, pointing to a high-profile murder case in which her client ... Read more

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