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Abuse and overreaction by police force not unusual

  • Law Library
Written by Posted Date: September 23rd, 2013
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko, PublicAffairs, 2013, pp. 382.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko, PublicAffairs, 2013, pp. 382.
The next thing [Cheye] Calvo remembers is the sound of his mother-in-law screaming. He ran to the window and saw heavily armed men clad in black rushing his front door. Next came the explosion. He’d later learn that this was when the police blew open his front door. Then there was gunfire. Then boots stomping the floor. Then more gunfire. Calvo, still in his boxers, screamed, “I’m upstairs, please don’t shoot!” He was instructed to walk downstairs with his hands in the air, the muzzles of two guns pointed directly at him. He still didn’t know it was the police. He described what happened next at a Cato Institute forum six weeks later. “At the bottom of the stairs, they bound my hands, pulled me across the living room, and forced me to kneel on the floor in front of my broken door. I thought it was a home invasion. I was fearful that I was about to be executed.” I later asked Calvo what might have happened if he’d had a gun in his home for self-defense. His answer: “I’d be dead.” In another interview, he would add, “The worst thing I could have done was defend my home.”

Viva le Can…LII

  • The Future Files
Written by Posted Date: September 23rd, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_benhanuka1.jpgIf you are a frequent user of CanLII (the Canadian Legal Information Institute, funded by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada), you may have noticed last week it introduced a new, sleek search interface, as part of an overhauled web site.

Learned helplessness

  • Definitely Mabey
Written by Posted Date: September 16th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_stephen-mabey.jpgI ran across the term “learned helplessness” recently in an article by Dr. Larry Richard. Being a pragmatic kind of person I admit my first reaction was less than supportive, thinking this was simply another variety of sociology pabulum we were being fed to excuse ostrich-like behaviour by lawyers.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2013_September_james-shanks.jpgThe recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Royal Bank of Canada v. Samson Management and Solutions Ltd. strikes a blow for contractual certainty and transactional efficiency, while in the process overturning a lower court determination that promoted neither.

Ready, set, pay

  • The IT Girl
Written by Posted Date: September 16th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_danielle_lemon.jpgE-commerce — it’s a buzzword so old it can hardly be called a buzzword anymore, and something everybody thinks they understand. I’ve talked to countless startup founders and CEOs who talk about doing business online like it’s the easiest thing in the world to set up a web site, advertise a product, and start collecting money hand over fist. Simple as that. Nothing to it.

Toward the lawyers of tomorrow

  • Trial by Fire
Written by Posted Date: September 16th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_brendan-clancy.jpgI often fantasize (when I’m not at work, of course) about whether one could really predict the future. What a life I would lead if only I could pick the best investments, predict the next big technology, or warn the authorities about impending natural disasters (I throw this last item in lest I be accused of using these potential powers only for personal gain!). Unfortunately, in real life, my predictive powers are relatively amateur — I sometimes lose those court cases I expected to win, and sometimes win those court cases I expected to lose.

Human rights on campus

  • Human Rights . . . Here & There
Written by Posted Date: September 9th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_sonyanigam.jpgWhen one hears the call “back to school” we tend to think of small children and teenagers and grade school. However, we can also include young adults and university campuses in that refrain.

Lawyers and their demons

  • The Accidental Mentor
Written by Posted Date: September 9th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lee-akazaki-revised.jpgThis summer, the bar became poorer for the admission of a convicted sex offender, and for the departure from this world of an honourable defender of some of history’s monsters.

Extending the long arm of the worldwide Mareva

  • Trials & Tribulations
Written by Posted Date: September 9th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_margaret-waddell.jpgSome small islands’ courts are making big waves in the world of international freezing orders.

The alternate universe

  • Letter from Law Law Land
Written by Posted Date: August 26th, 2013
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgWhat you need to appreciate about Vancouver in the summertime is that there's a general sense of “unreality” here, in part because many people think (or want to think) it's northern California, the Mediterranean Coast, or that area between Lugano, Switzerland and George Clooney’s house on Lake Como for a good part of the year.
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