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Innocent or Not Guilty

The vast majority of public information about crime, police and the criminal justice system comes from the media and from movies and TV. The rise in popularity of crime dramas and…

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Murder by Starlight

The finding of Neil Stonechild on November 29, 1990, in a remote area on the outskirts of Saskatoon with one shoe was a triggering event leading to the revelation of the…

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Crime Or Terrorism

The use of vehicles to commit criminal acts of terror has been sweeping globally. This tactic was originally incited by Al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch to its Western recruits in 2010. Since…

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Incivility In The Courtroom

How far can a lawyer go in defending his client? What started out for Joseph Peter Paul Groia as a criminal law case in provincial court, in which he was defending…

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A Right Under Threat

After watching a jury for the past several weeks, and my client’s view of the people who would decide his fate, I decided to write about the importance of having a…

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: Zero Tolerance For Domestic Assault

Domestic violence remains a top priority for law enforcement. The police are required in most cases to accept the statement of a complainant at face value, and lay charges without much,…

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CRA Scam

It’s tax season in Canada, which means that it is also hunting season for fraudsters seeking to prey on vulnerable, scared, or just plain trusting folks who play by the rules.…

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Myths And Stereotypes in Sexual Assault Cases

It has been decades since the law in Canada has banned from the courtroom myths and stereotypes about how complainants in sexual assault cases should react. The change started with key…

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Why No Contact Order In Domestic Assault Case

In every single case of domestic violence, where the police arrest and charge someone, that defendant is prohibited from contacting the complainant. The defendant is also prohibited from living with the…

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Recent Cases From The Court Of Appeal

This blog is an ongoing feature that touches briefly on cases decided by Ontario’s highest court. Failure to Call Witnesses: in The Queen v. DeGraw, the Court ordered a new trial…

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Sexual Assault in the #MeToo Era

Harvey Weinstein. Jian Ghomeshi. Matt Lauer. Kevin Spacey. Albert Schultz. All of these men, giants in their field, have recently been taken down and held accountable for sexually inappropriate behaviour at…

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Criminal Law And Text Messages

If someone sends you a text message, is that hearsay? Can an incoming text message be used against you? R v. Bridgman, 2017 ONCA 940, a recent decision by the Court…

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