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Articles of interest from criminal defence lawyer David G. Bayliss. Read about criminal law, murder, sexual assault, dui, drunk driving, prison reform, criminal harassment, police reform and more. David G. Bayliss has achieved outstanding victories for clients facing all types of criminal charges. Bayliss has over 30 years of experience in all areas of criminal law, but most of his practice focuses on defending people facing charges of murder, manslaughter, sexual assault, drug trafficking and drug possession. He also has a strong interest in The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, police misconduct and quality legal defence for all people.

Convicting Jian Ghomeshi will be hard — for good reason

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 daily gauntlet of jostling reporters, the stage is set for a media spectacle. Columnists will take sides. Legal pundits will pontificate. Many will be caught up in the did-he-or-didn’t-he debate and rhetoric. But, when all is said and done — after the former CBC broadcaster is acquitted or convicted — will the [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: Canadian Law, Crime, Sexual Assault|Comments Off on Convicting Jian Ghomeshi will be hard — for good reason

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

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 overturned in 2015, five of them from death row. That's three a week, and the average stay in prison had been 14 years. This makes 1,733 innocent people, and counting, freed in the U.S. since the National Registry started keeping track in 1989. The number of exonerations has doubled annually since 2011, in part because discoveries of [...]

By |February 9th, 2016|Categories: Innocent, Jail, Wrongful Conviction|Comments Off on The U.S. Is Quietly Exonerating 3 People a Week

Wrist-slap not enough for police who break law

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 Prosecutions of police who are accused of Criminal Code violations must be reviewed well up the chain of command at the Ministry of the Attorney General with a view to toughening penalties, writes Enzo Rondinelli. For far too long, police forces have clung tenaciously to a specious rationale for going easy on officers who break the law. The way they see it, public [...]

By |December 4th, 2015|Categories: Criminal Code Canada, Police Prosecutions, Police Reform|Comments Off on Wrist-slap not enough for police who break law

Most people in jail today are innocent: Michael Bryant

Canada’s crisis of untried prisoners is a problem the former Ontario attorney general wishes he addressed while in office According to StatsCan, "On any given day in Canada, there are more adults in custody awaiting trial or sentencing in provincial/territorial facilities than there are adults serving a sentence." 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 prisons like Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp, or GTMO. His failure to do so is an ongoing political controversy. But in Canada, [...]

By |November 12th, 2015|Categories: Innocent, Jail, Prison Reform, Trial|Comments Off on Most people in jail today are innocent: Michael Bryant

Stephen Harper defangs another watchdog

By reappointing prison ombudsman Howard Sapers to just a one-year-term, the prime minister has once again struck a blow to accountability. Howard Sapers - Professional in his approach and knowledgeable in the extreme, prison ombudsman Howard Sapers has always based his critiques and recommendations on sound criminology research, writes Breese Davies. Opinion / Commentary By: Breese Davies - Published on Tue May 26 2015 | © Toronto Star In days of yore, kings and queens festooned the castle gates with the severed heads of miscreants who had been executed as a lesson to others who would dare question their [...]

By |May 30th, 2015|Categories: Criminology Research, Prison Reform|Comments Off on Stephen Harper defangs another watchdog

Drinking and Driving Offenses and Punishment in Canada

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 subject. Anyone seeking a more comprehensive understanding of drinking and driving law in Canada may access, free of charge, The Criminal Code of Canada, legal academic writings and Canadian court decisions on the topic at the free website of the Canadian Legal Information Institute at www.canlii.ca. The law in this area is technical and complex and anyone [...]

By |April 10th, 2015|Categories: Canadian Law, Charter of Rights & Freedoms, Criminal Code Canada, Criminal Law, Drinking and Driving, Drunk Driving, DUI, Impaired Driving|Tags: |Comments Off on Drinking and Driving Offenses and Punishment in Canada

Criminal Harassment in Canada

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 made to legal information websites which recite actual court decisions and legal academic literature on what is a somewhat complex area of law. For example www.canlii.ca , the website of the Canadian Legal Information Institute, is open to all and free. Over the course of my almost three decades of practice as a criminal defence lawyer, it has [...]

By |November 8th, 2013|Categories: Canadian Law, Criminal Code Canada, Criminal Harassment, Criminal Law, Harassment|Tags: |Comments Off on Criminal Harassment in Canada

The Consequences of An Allegation of Sexual Assault

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 defendants under the age of eighteen. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, a lawyer called to the bar of Ontario in 1984, who has practiced exclusively criminal defence work since that time. The subject is approached from the perspective of a person charged with a sexual assault crime in Ontario. As a [...]

By |November 8th, 2013|Categories: Canadian Law, Criminal Code Canada, Criminal Law, Sexual Assault|Tags: |Comments Off on The Consequences of An Allegation of Sexual Assault

Murder, Manslaughter or Infanticide – Culpable Homicide Under Canadian Law

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 that does not fit into one of these categories is not a crime. Infanticide occurs when a female person causes the death of her newly born child when her mind is disturbed as a result of the effects of giving birth. The maximum sentence for infanticide is five years in jail. There is no minimum sentence. Manslaughter occurs when a [...]

By |November 8th, 2013|Categories: Canadian Law, Crime, Criminal Code Canada, Criminal Law, Culpable Homicide, First Degree Murder, Homicide, Infanticide, Manslaughter, Murder, Second Degree Murder|Tags: |Comments Off on Murder, Manslaughter or Infanticide – Culpable Homicide Under Canadian Law