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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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Can The Police Violate The Law?

The simple answer is, thankfully, No. A senior police investigator in Waterloo recently thought he had figured out a clever way to do an end run around the Charter of Rights,…

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How The New Marijuana Legislation Will Impact Society

Impaired Driving Impaired driving is among the leading criminal causes of death and injury in Canada. It is a serious offence that significantly jeopardizes public safety, as impaired drivers risk the…

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The Upcoming Legalization Of Marijuana

The police spend $2 billion to $3 billion every year to investigate marijuana offences. Despite these efforts, teenagers in Canada continue to be amongst the heaviest users of cannabis. As a…

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Justice Denied: The Wrongful Conviction Of Amanda Knox

Wrongful convictions are the result of human error: tunnel vision by police; motivated but mistaken witnesses, shortcuts and negligence by investigators. Countless stories of wrongful convictions beg us to question whether…

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A Criminal Lawyer’s Take On M. Night Shyamalan’s Movie “Split”

(Warning: Spoiler Alert!) Imagine sitting in a car, waiting for the driver to finish putting things in the trunk, when all of a sudden a stranger pops in and sprays you…

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An Examination Of The Globe And Mail Series On Sexual Assault

Keg stands, belligerent drinking, loud music and sex are often seen as hallmarks of college and university parties. However, the police’s reasons to march in and break up these celebrations are…

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The Supreme Court Of Canada

Former Prime Minister Steven Harper used policy to win votes. He did so with foreign policy, and with the justice system, among others. He enacted “tough-on-crime” policies including cutting back on…

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Rape Shield Law

What is a rape shield law? Canada’s rape shield laws were enacted to prevent criminal defendants in sexual assault cases from attacking complainants in court with outdated and false myths and…

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Defendants On Trial

We have all recently followed with fascination the sexual assault trial of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, and the stunning revelations during the murder trial of Steven Avery on the…

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Lawyers In Lockdown

Recently, two Toronto criminal lawyers have learned the hard way to walk in their clients’ shoes. Each was charged with serious criminal offences, and subjected to the humiliation of an arrest,…

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