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Can My Wife Testify Against Me

If a man confesses to his wife that he murdered someone, it used to be the case that the spouse could not testify against her husband in court, even if she…

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June 2016 - Recent Developments In The Ontario Court Of Appeal

R v Kreko, 2016 ONCA 367 – The Importance of Aboriginality in Sentencing The sentencing of aboriginal people is unique because it is supposed to take into consideration the systemic discrimination…

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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laws were enacted to prevent criminal defendants in sexual assault cases from attacking complainants in court with outdated and false myths and…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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Sexual Assault Cases

There has been much discussion in the media recently, as a result of the trial of Jian Ghomeshi, about whether further limits should be placed on the cross-examination of complainants by…

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The Forcillo Verdict

The jury rendered an unusual verdict in the trial of police constable James Forcillo. But was it a just verdict? It was. Most people know the facts: Sammy Yatim, a troubled…

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In the years since 9/11, the United States has made it far more difficult to enter the United States. Individuals facing criminal charges have to be particularly aware of this, especially…

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Suing the Crown: A Small Door Opens

Can you sue the Crown after your criminal charges are dropped or dismissed? The Supreme Court of Canada has just made it easier to do so. In the case of Ivan…

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Can the Police Lie to Me?

Yes, they can. Most people who grow up in a peaceful, law-abiding society are raised to trust the police to look after the well-being of its citizens. Such trust is well-placed,…

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Legalized Piracy: The Abuse of Civil Forfeiture Laws

It is easy to forget that piracy was once a state-sanctioned activity. Centuries ago, English “privateers” attacked Spanish ships laden with gold, enriching themselves and the royal Crown in the process.…

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