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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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A lesson from Dr. Seuss for burgeoning lawyers

By Ryan Handlarski One of my favourite books of all time is the children’s book ‘ Oh the Places You’ll Go ’ by Dr. Seuss. I read this book to my son ... Read more

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Witness’s memory loss claim throws wrinkle into criminal case

A witness’s claim to a complete memory loss has raised unusual issues in a home invasion case, says Toronto criminal defence lawyer Tyler Smith , who defended one of the ... Read more

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Concerns around gunshot-detection system need to be addressed

Privacy concerns over the City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire are “a little overblown,” ... Read more

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How will the new drug-driving law play out?

The combination of legalized marijuana and the introduction of random drug testing on Canada’s roads is likely to cause a traffic jam in Canadian courts starting this fall, ... Read more

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Law allowing consecutive periods of parole eligibility ‘ludicrous’: Hicks

A Criminal Code provision giving judges the power to sentence murderers to consecutive periods of parole ineligibility brings the justice system into disrepute by allowing ... Read more

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Storyteller Sa'd brings the law to the people

Inside and outside the courtroom, Toronto criminal and landlord/tenant lawyer  Caryma Sa’d is a storyteller. “As an advocate, your job is essentially to ... Read more

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Increased surveillance not the answer to gun crime: Gadhia

The City of Toronto’s plan to increase surveillance and incorporate new audio technology to detect gunfire in the wake of the Danforth shootings is not going to reduce gun ... Read more

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Some thoughts on bail in Toronto

By John Fennel Anyone who knows anything about bail in Toronto knows that delays are the rule. Nevertheless, Mayor John Tory recently blamed fictional speedy releases on bail ... Read more

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TLA welcomes report urging juries get better payment, psychological help

Better compensation for jurors would be a positive step towards ensuring balanced juries, says Dirk Derstine , president of the Toronto Lawyers Association . Derstine, a ... Read more

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Sexual assault allegations and the presumption of innocence

By Joseph Neuberger Any criminal allegation must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt. All persons accused of an offence is innocent until proven guilty. ... Read more

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CLA awards G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal to John Rosen

The Criminal Lawyers Association has awarded the prestigious G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal to John M. Rosen , noted criminal defence counsel and founder of Rosen & ... Read more

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