Criminal Law

Reasons behind serial killings may never be known: Goldlist

It’s unlikely that confessed serial killer Bruce McArthur will ever be freed from prison even if his eight sentences run concurrently, Toronto criminal lawyer Jordana Goldlist tells the CBC. Read more

Trump comments central to high-stakes extradition case: Hicks

A high-profile extradition case involving a senior executive of a Chinese tech giant could hinge on the perception of political interference by U.S. President Donald Trump, Toronto criminal lawyer Christopher Hicks tells CTV News Channel . Read more

McArthur guilty plea to eight murder counts 'unprecedented:' Zita

Bruce McArthur’s guilty plea to eight counts of first-degree murder is an “extraordinary” circumstance, Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita tells CBC News. Read more

McArthur plea has benefits for Crown, defence: Daviau

There are many reasons for Bruce McArthur to forego a trial and plead guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau , who defends clients accused of homicide. Read more

Bruce McArthur pleads guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder

TORONTO — A serial killer who preyed on men from Toronto's gay village for years has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Read more

Striking down victim surcharge 'fantastic:' Daviau

There were more than a few outstanding court decisions in 2018 worth celebrating, Toronto criminal lawyer Lindsay Daviau tells Read more

Many facets to weigh when considering an appeal: Zita

A lawyer should carefully consider multiple factors when determining whether to appeal a conviction and never hesitate to recommend that course if it’s in the client’s best interests, says Toronto criminal lawyer Jessica Zita. Read more

Courtroom advocacy – an acquired skill

Understanding the nuances of the courtroom is knowledge acquired through experience, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Rosen , whose career spans five decades and includes some of the most high-profile murder trials in the nation's history. Read more

Blood evidence on Oland's jacket 'rather remarkable:' Hicks

SAINT JOHN, N.B. — The cellphone of murdered multimillionaire Richard Oland was never found, but steamy messages and text exchanges with his mistress were captured on a computer backup program. Read more

Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of child luring provisions

The Supreme Court of Canada will rule on a case involving the use of a fictitious online identity in a sexual luring investigation that will have a major impact on similar litigation, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb . Read more

Botting heaps scorn on U.S. over latest Meng extradition manoeuvre

The U.S. Department of Justice is foolhardy to persist in asking Canada to extradite detained Chinese executive Meng Wanzhou, says Dr. Gary Botting , a B.C. extradition lawyer who has been following the case closely since Meng’s arrest on Dec. 1. Read more

Barring intoxication defence in assault cases violates Charter rights: Conron

Defendants should be allowed to raise a reasonable doubt about their mens rea as a result of extreme drunkenness to allegations of sexual assault, even though a man who received court permission to argue that point was found guilty, London criminal lawyer Carolynn Conron tells . Read more

Latest drinking and driving legislation 'unfathomable:' Neuberger

“Troubling” legislation that allows police to demand a breath sample two hours after a driver has parked their car will eventually be contested at the Supreme Court, predicts Toronto criminal lawyer Joseph Neuberger , whose firm is often retained to run constitutional challenges. Read more

Decisions involving African-Canadians could have major impact: Izadi

Two cases before the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) — where race was a factor in securing lesser prison terms — will have a significant impact on future sentencing decisions should the original rulings stand, says Toronto criminal lawyer Melody Izadi . Read more

Weapons acquittal proves the value of persistence: Fennel

Thoroughly exploring each avenue of defence, no matter how slim the chance of success seems, can bring significant results, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel , who recently secured an acquittal for a client on multiple gun charges after demonstrating police had breached the man’s constitutional rights. Read more