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Convicting Jian Ghomeshi will be hard — for good reason

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Calls to make it ‘easier’ to secure convictions in cases of sexual assault are dangerously antithetical to basic tenets of our justice system By: Breese Davies Published on Tue Feb 02 2016 | © Toronto Star With Jian Ghomeshi about to face a packed courtroom and a...

The U.S. Is Quietly Exonerating 3 People a Week

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By Samuel Lieberman,  Daily Intelligencer February 3, 2016 11:11 a.m. It’s not just Making a Murderer’s Steven Avery. A report released on Wednesday by a group called the National Registry of Exonerations revealed that 149 people — a record number — had convictions...

Wrist-slap not enough for police who break law

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Reform is not going to be easy, but if the public is to maintain its respect for the police, change is vital. By: Enzo Rondinelli Published on Tue Dec 01 2015 | © Toronto Star For far too long, police forces have clung tenaciously to a specious rationale for going easy on...

Most people in jail today are innocent: Michael Bryant

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Canada’s crisis of untried prisoners is a problem the former Ontario attorney general wishes he addressed while in office By: Michael Bryant – Published on Wed Nov 04 2015 | © Toronto Star On his way to the White House, Barack Obama promised to free untried people from...

Stephen Harper defangs another watchdog

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By reappointing prison ombudsman Howard Sapers to just a one-year-term, the prime minister has once again struck a blow to accountability. Opinion / Commentary By: Breese Davies – Published on Tue May 26 2015 | © Toronto Star In days of yore, kings and queens festooned the...

Drinking and Driving Offenses and Punishment in Canada

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This article discusses Canadian Drinking and Driving legislation and its interpretation by the courts since the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was proclaimed in 1982. It is intended as overview for the layperson and not as an authoritative academic discussion of the...

Criminal Harassment in Canada

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This article is an overview, in layman’s terms, of the requirements for proof of an allegation of criminal harassment in Canada. For a more comprehensive understanding of how this relatively new criminal legislation has been interpreted by Canadian Courts, reference should be...

The Consequences of An Allegation of Sexual Assault

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This article is written as a basic informational tool for the layperson with limited or no legal training. It deals with the consequences and potential consequences for persons eighteen years or older against whom a crime of sexual assault is alleged. Different rules apply for...

Murder, Manslaughter or Infanticide – Culpable Homicide Under Canadian Law

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This article is a simplified description, in layperson’s terms, of the law of homicide in Canada. For the actual applicable law, please consult the Criminal Code of Canada. In Canada, criminally blameworthy homicide is either murder, manslaughter or infanticide. Homicide...