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Apparently 12 people were killed because of this

The question is, will other Western media outlets show solidarity with Charlie Hebdo by lifting their self-imposed ban on showing images (satirical or otherwise) of the Prophet Mohammed? Update: not promising: @Yair_Rosenberg notes that The Telegraph is blurring out Charle … Continue reading

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There’s no justice like mob justice

Reading the front-page story in today’s Metro, about 13 Dalhousie dental students being suspended from clinical activities for their appallingly sexist Facebook comments, I was struck by this passage near the end: Florizone said he’s not ruling out the possibility … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Lynching of Peter Wheeler” by Debra Komar

[Originally posted, with a few editorial changes, at Canadian Lawyer] A common argument from supporters of capital punishment is that it should only be imposed when we’re absolutely certain that the condemned person indeed committed the horrible crimes of which … Continue reading

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Slow justice is no justice

A New Brunswick judge has been “mildly chastised” by the Canadian Judicial Council for taking so long to render her decisions: Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paulette Garnett was the subject of a complaint by an unknown person to the … Continue reading

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John Grisham is (partly) right

I still remember John Grisham’s hypocritical moral crusade against Oliver Stone’s last good movie, so I can’t deny feeling some shadenfreude watching him squirm over comments he made in an interview with The Telegraph: “We have prisons now filled with … Continue reading

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Book review: “Freedom From Speech” by Greg Lukianoff

[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] It used to be that people waited until they were actually offended to take action against something that offended them, but Carleton University student Arun Smith has no time for such details. When a “free-speech wall” … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Hunt”

[originally posted, with a few editorial changes, at Canadian Lawyer]   A curious anomaly in our justice system; the offence with the most severe penalty under law is not the crime toward which most people feel the most personal revulsion. Maybe … Continue reading

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