Author Archives: Damian P.

About Damian P.

Lawyer with Bedford Law, Bedford, Nova Scotia.

Blu-Ray review: “Snake and Mongoose”

[originally posted to Blogcritics] In the late 1960s, a new era of motorsport began on both sides of the Atlantic. In Britain, the Lotus Formula One team turned its cars into rolling billboards for Gold Leaf tobacco, while in America, Mattel made a deal … Continue reading

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TV Review – “Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine”

[Originally posted at Blogcritics] The new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has started some promising steps toward reform, but for that country’s religious leadership, old habits die hard. The “Supreme Leader,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, recently tweeted this: #Holocaust is an … Continue reading

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Book Review: “New Law, New Rules” by George Beaton

[Originally posted, with a few editorial changes, at Canadian Lawyer] New Law, New Rules, by its very nature, shows how much the practice of law has changed. It is dubbed “a conversation about the future of the legal services industry,” … Continue reading

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Blu-Ray review: ‘Homefront’

[originally posted, with a few changes, to Blogcritics] Jason Statham and James Franco are front and center on the Bluray box for Homefront, but for me, the real attraction was the screenwriter: Academy Award nominee* Sylvester Stallone. Stallone, it turns … Continue reading

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The story of a little prick

The country’s highest court has ruled that if your partner consents to sexual intercourse with protection, and then you tamper with the condom in some way, you are guilty of sexual assault: The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an … Continue reading

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When bad lawyers happen to good people

My favorite legal journal, Cracked, lists “the 5 most blatantly corrupt lawyers in history.” In 2002, four little girls lost both their parents in a car crash. Attorney John Milton Merritt stepped in and did what any good public servant would … Continue reading

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The case for – and against – Trinity Western law school

The latest issue of Maclean’s has an interesting piece about the controversy surrounding Trinity Western University’s proposed law school, the pledge its students must sign, and how it may to an “American-style” conservative legal movement in Canada: The controversy around Trinity Western … Continue reading

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Inside the #DunnTrial jury room

One of the jurors in the controversial Michael Dunn trial explains why they couldn’t agree on the murder charge: This juror says she believed Dunn was guilty of murder, and most of her fellow panelists believed a conviction for murder … Continue reading

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Justice in Venezuela

Anti-government protests and counter-protests in Venezuela – which have resulted in the arrest of the country’s most prominent opposition leader, for “formenting unrest”  - resulted in the deaths of three protesters last week. Not surprisingly, each side blamed the other … Continue reading

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Explaining the Dunn non-verdict

One day in November 2012, a white man named Michael David Dunn got into an argument with four black teenagers over the loud music they were playing.  Dunn says one of the youths threatened him with a gun, and in … Continue reading

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