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Track data for bias on youths steered clear of court

Police should be required to compile data on youths who are suspected of committing violent crimes but are diverted from the courts, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel . Read more

Legal Aid cuts penny wise but pound foolish: Fennel

Cuts to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will lead to unjust convictions as more defendants are forced to go unrepresented, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel  says. Read more

Legislated 'exit ramps' needed to rectify inequality: Fennel

A recent decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal calling for the federal and Ontario sex-offender registries to provide “exit ramps” to those found to be not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder (NCRMD) is a good first step, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

More support needed for offenders with mental health issues

Barring violent offenders from programs designed to help individuals with mental health issues is doing more harm than good, Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Medical evidence on mental health can help or hinder client's case

Expert evidence on the mental health of a client can be a double-edged sword, Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel tells  AdvocateDaily.com . 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

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 . Read more

Sentencing policy 'more informed by fiction than fact:' Fennel

Actuarial risk assessments are routinely misunderstood and misapplied by the justice system, leading to the over-incarceration of offenders, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel . Read more

Supreme Court sends strong message to vigilantes

The Supreme Court of Canada has taken a strong stance against vigilante justice, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel, an associate with Hicks Adams LLP .  Read more

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 for some of the recent gun violence in Toronto: “we can’t have people getting out on bail 20 minutes after they’re arrested for using a gun.”  In Toronto, nobody gets out on bail in 20 minutes for jaywalking, let alone a gun crime. Nevertheless, these fictions about bail continue to exist. Read more

Fennel lauds man who fought pre-meeting searches by police

Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel  says he appreciates the man who won his challenge of the constitutionality of the Toronto Police chief’s claim that officers could conduct warrantless searches of people before public police board meetings. Read more

Fennel: 'Culture of complacency' not addressed in Bill C-75

A move by the federal government to reform Canada’s criminal court system and improve efficiency does not address the “culture of complacency” encountered by accused individuals, says Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel . Read more

Jury selection in U.S. could provide lessons for Canada

The jury system in Canada differs in some important ways from the approach taken in the United States, including in the use of peremptory challenges, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Segregation rulings good news for mentally ill inmates

Three recent rulings that restrict the use of solitary confinement are good news for mentally ill inmates as long as governments follow through with substantial reforms, Toronto criminal lawyer John Fennel  tells AdvocateDaily.com .   Read more

John Fennel: feels like home in the courtroom

No matter the province or state, Toronto criminal lawyer  John Fennel  feels most at home in the courtroom. Read more

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