The “defence did not call any of its own evidence”

That's the subhed to the CBC's online story about Raymond Cormier's acquittal on charges of murdering 15 year-old Tina Fontaine: The trial, which began on Jan. 29, was originally scheduled to last five weeks, but the Crown rested its case after presenting evidence over the course of 12 days, and the defence did not call … Continue reading The “defence did not call any of its own evidence”

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Obnoxiousness isn’t always a crime

The skeet who yelled a sexist meme at NTV reporter Heather Gillis during a live shoot has been acquitted of criminal charges: A provincial court judge in St. John's has ruled it could be illegal to shout a sexist slur at female reporters, but not in the case of what happened to NTV reporter Heather … Continue reading Obnoxiousness isn’t always a crime

How Jose Ines Garcia Zarate avoided a murder conviction

Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant who had already been deported several times, was acquitted of murdering 32 year-old Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier, and the President of the United States is responding with his usual restraint: A disgraceful verdict in the Kate Steinle case! No wonder the people of our Country are so … Continue reading How Jose Ines Garcia Zarate avoided a murder conviction

Why the foiled Halifax shooting plot (allegedly) wasn’t terrorism

This Canadian Press article by Laura Kane explains how the distinction between "terrorism" and mere criminal activity can be blurry, and why the alleged plot to shoot up the Halifax Shopping Centre this past weekend doesn't qualify as a terror plot: Police said there is no evidence that ideology or culture is part of the … Continue reading Why the foiled Halifax shooting plot (allegedly) wasn’t terrorism

Greenspan’s last words

Just hours before he passed away on Christmas Eve, Edward Greenspan, arguably Canada's best-known criminal defence lawyer, submitted this critique of the Harper government's "tough-on-crime" rhetoric (co-written with Anthony Doob) to the National Post: “All convicted criminals belong behind bars.” We know of no person knowledgeable about criminal justice in any democratic society who has ever proposed … Continue reading Greenspan’s last words

Murder without a body

Yesterday, the news we'd all been dreading was confirmed by Calgary police, and today a suspect was charged:The man police have been investigating in the disappearance of a missing Calgary family has been formally charged with their murders.Douglas Garland was arrested near Airdrie on Monday morning, as the search for five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin … Continue reading Murder without a body

In defence of Hillary’s defence work

The conservative Washington Free Beacon dug into Hillary Clinton's representation of an accused rapist during the mid-eighties, and posted this audio recording from an interview given a few years later: The Free Beacon's Alana Goodman argues that Clinton's representation of this man, and her subsequent discussion of the case, raise serious ethical questions about the presumptive presidential … Continue reading In defence of Hillary’s defence work