Year: 2013

Bail and Radicals

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

Posted in Bail, Criminal Justice System, Defence Lawyers

Memo to Police: No Beatings Allowed

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,

Posted in Criminal Justice System, Police, Torture, Uncategorized Tagged with: , , ,

The Victim Surcharge does not Rehabilitate

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

Posted in Criminal Justice System, Sentencing, Uncategorized Tagged with: ,

It’s the Punishment Stupid

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

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The Unbearable Lightness of Rob Ford

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

Posted in Criminal Justice System, Drugs Tagged with: ,

Don’t Ever Think You’re Not Big Enough

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

Posted in Attorney General, Criminal Justice System, Prosecutors, Trials

Ain’t Nothing like Bail

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,

Posted in Bail, Criminal Justice System, Jails, Police, Prosecutors