“Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

This province's new Cyber Safety Act, drafted after the horrible Rehteah Parsons case came to light, officially took effect yesterday. The law firm of Stewart McKelvey published this brief summary of the new law: Cyberbullying is defined in the Act as: any electronic communication through the use of technology including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, … Continue reading “Cyber Safety” in Nova Scotia

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Unrecommended legal strategies (I)

It's bad enough when clients wear old jeans and hoodies to court.  This is just a little bit worse: Heath Campbell is the leader of a pro-Nazi group called Hitler’s Order. He lives in New Jersey, and chose to name his son Adolph Hitler Campbell. Both of his children were taken away from him in … Continue reading Unrecommended legal strategies (I)

Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] “My children did a lot of cruelty toward me.” - Mohammad Shafia, testifying at his trial for murdering his first wife and three daughters His daughters’ “cruelty” manifested itself in several ways: wearing revealing and immodest clothing, dating boys, and refusing to follow his strict orders. And for that, they had … Continue reading Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

Did the Pope resign to avoid an arrest warrant? (Probably not.)

Ever since the shock resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, my Facebook news feed has been inundated with dubiously sourced reports like this, arguing that he is stepping down because of an imminent warrant for his arrest. There are indeed serious arguments about the Pontiff's handling of the Church sexual-abuse scandals. But Google "Pope arrest warrant" … Continue reading Did the Pope resign to avoid an arrest warrant? (Probably not.)

“This is the judgment day for your children. It’s not about you.”

Every child custody/access litigant should read these words, from South Carolina family court judge Paul W. Garfinkel: A custody case is much different than any accident case or a criminal trial. In those cases, an attorney is only asked to prove what happened at a specific date and place. All of the events have been fixed … Continue reading “This is the judgment day for your children. It’s not about you.”

Polygamy ruling expected today

The Supreme Court of British Columbia is set to rule on the constitutionality of Canada's anti-polygamy law: On Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman will rule on whether Canada’s law against polygamy is constitutional. B.C. put that question to a court reference in 2009 after the failed prosecution of two community leaders from … Continue reading Polygamy ruling expected today