Year: 2013

Being a criminal defence lawyer is not for the faint of heart. If you can’t handle hearing about misery and the gritty details of broken lives, this job is not for you. Unlike television, client matters don’t neatly wrap up …

Bail and Radicals Read More »

Canadian photographer Donald Weber took the photo above. He befriended Russian and Ukrainian police officers and in earning their trust they allowed him to photograph their interrogations. Detainees had guns pointed at their heads.  Weber said, “[t]his is standard practice, …

Memo to Police: No Beatings Allowed Read More »

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Does Canada’s Minister of Justice Peter MacKay know the difference between a restitution order and the victim surcharge? Peter MacKay was asked for his thoughts on an Ottawa judge who ruled that the new mandatory victim surcharge was unconstitutional.  MacKay …

The Victim Surcharge does not Rehabilitate Read More »

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Yesterday Justice Minister Peter MacKay and Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino admonished Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for not supporting mandatory minimum sentences. “Shameful” MacKay thundered. A recipe for decreasing community safety chimed in Fantino. All in a day’s work for …

It’s the Punishment Stupid Read More »

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When fire breathing tough-on-crimers like Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford start speaking the language of compassion, understanding and “the past is in the past” and hoping that “nobody has to go through what I have gone through” we continue to see …

The Unbearable Lightness of Rob Ford Read More »

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Clients often ask me, “Why do they want to go after me?” They can’t understand why the spotlight is on them. Their charges are small potatoes compared to the real crimes that take place in the country. “Why don’t they …

Don’t Ever Think You’re Not Big Enough Read More »

Much like bacon everything is better with bail. While out on bail, the food tastes better and the flowers smell sweeter. Bail is a game changer. It is the physical manifestation of the presumption of innocence. You get to work, …

Ain’t Nothing like Bail Read More »