Category Archives: Criminal Law

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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How a floppy disk* brought down the BTK killer

Ken Landwehr, the Wichita detective who arrested Dennis Rader, has passed away at age 59.  Via The Atlantic, this ABA Journal article explains how the killer was caught: The beginning of the end for BTK came in January 2005, when he … Continue reading

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Book review: “Rise of the Warrior Cop” by Radley Balko

[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] The next thing [Cheye] Calvo remembers is the sound of his mother-in- law screaming. He ran to the window and saw heavily armed men clad in black rushing his front door. Next came the explosion. He’d … Continue reading

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Quackery “They” don’t want you to know about

You mean the guy who hawks “natural cures” on late-night infomercials is a lying sociopath?  I’m as shocked as you are. A federal judge has sided with the Federal Trade Commission in granting a court-appointed receiver broad authority to marshal … Continue reading

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Our Zimmerman case

Over two years after she was allegedly raped, and four months after she took her own life, two of Rehtaeh Parsons’s alleged tormentors will appear in court today: Two young men face child pornography charges today in a high-profile court … Continue reading

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What really happened in Campbellton?

There’s a lot we don’t know about the African Rock Python (a creature that can grow twice as long as Shaq is tall) and it’s certainly possible that those poor little boys in Campbellton, New Brunswick were strangled by one, … Continue reading

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Book review: “Wrong Side of the Law” by Edward Butts

[Originally published on canadianlawyermag.com] As of this writing, American fugitive Edward Snowden – on the lam after releasing details of the National Security Agency’s domestic and international spying programs – is stuck in the international transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo … Continue reading

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Why the accused in “12 Angry Men” is almost certainly guilty

Mind: blown. Clearly, Reginald Rose, who wrote the original teleplay as well as the film script, intended the unnamed defendant—we’ll just call him The Kid, as the jurors generally do—to be innocent. There isn’t some hidden twist that nobody’s ever … Continue reading

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Unrecommended legal strategies (II)

There’s an old (possibly apocryphal) American case where the Judge said, “The defendant says, ‘as God is my judge, I cannot pay this tax.’ He’s not. I am. You do.”  We could use someone like that presiding over the Via … Continue reading

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Could you forgive?

Try not to be moved to tears as you read this emotionally shattering piece from CBC’s Phonse Jessome, about a deeply religious Nova Scotia mother who lost her two daughters to an impaired driver – and then forgave him. It … Continue reading

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