Category: Police

A Lawyer, Her Robes and an Outraged Criminal Defence Bar

For criminal defence lawyers in and around the Greater Toronto Area the Internet broke yesterday. As word spread that their colleague Laura Liscio had been arrested in court and led out of the Brampton courthouse handcuffed and in her barrister’s

Posted in Criminal Justice System, Defence Lawyers, Drugs, Police

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,

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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

Rights? We’re Talking about Drunk Driving Dammit!

An amazing thing occurred in the House of Commons during Question Period yesterday.  Thomas Mulcair the NDP Leader of the Opposition asked the Prime Minister why hasn’t the government amended the Criminal Code to allow “random breath testing” of drivers. 

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The Lies Come Before the Trial

Ontario’s Attorney General plans to implement a policy directing prosecutors to report to their local manager instances where a police officer has lied or was deliberately untruthful when testifying at a trial. That manager will then start a multi-stage notification

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