Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Judges in a (St) Cloud

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgThe recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. St-Cloud has created a buzz in the profession.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2015_March_Ines_Gavran.jpgWomen in today’s society don’t have it easy. We are expected to be well-educated, have a career, a house, a husband, children . . . the list goes on. Managing all these aspects of our lives, while becoming successful professionals is impossible to achieve, right? Wrong.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_SOSSIN-Lorne1.jpgI have not run into anyone yet without strong views to share on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on Friday in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) to strike down the assisted suicide prohibition in the Criminal Code.
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Monday, 26 January 2015 08:00

You can’t win ’em all

Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, by Christopher D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Durance Vile Publications, 2014, pp. 224, $22.95.
Tough Crimes: True Cases by Top Canadian Criminal Lawyers, by Christopher D. Evans and Lorene Shyba, Durance Vile Publications, 2014, pp. 224, $22.95.
It’s the question every criminal lawyer has been asked more than any other (after “Why did it cost that much?”): “How can you defend a person you know to be guilty?” And my answer is always that it’s really not that hard, relatively speaking.
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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_tonywilson.jpgLawyers of a certain age will remember a case of the British Columbia Court of Appeal called Vander Zalm v. Times Publishers, where then-Minister of Human Resources for B.C., Bill Vander Zalm, was the subject of a scathing political cartoon drawn by Robert Bierman, depicting Vander Zalm happily pulling the wings off flies.
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Monday, 05 January 2015 08:00

Wrong result. Still good law.

Photo credits: Guy Paul Morin: Alan Dunlop - Toronto Star; David Milgaard: Rick Eglinton - Toronto Star; William Mullins-Johnson: Lucas Olenuik - Toronto Star; Robert Baltovich: Colin McConnell - Toronto Star
Photo credits: Guy Paul Morin: Alan Dunlop - Toronto Star; David Milgaard: Rick Eglinton - Toronto Star; William Mullins-Johnson: Lucas Olenuik - Toronto Star; Robert Baltovich: Colin McConnell - Toronto Star
In a brief oral judgment issued in late January 1995, then-chief justice Charles Dubin of the Ontario Court of Appeal formally entered an acquittal for Guy Paul Morin, ending a decade-long ordeal for the man wrongly convicted in the death of nine-year-old Christine Jessop. Fresh evidence, based on new DNA testing, excluded Morin. No jury “properly instructed in the law and acting judicially, could convict Mr. Morin on the charge upon which he stood trial,” stated Dubin, in the ruling issued 20 years ago. After two trials and nearly two years in custody, Morin was finally cleared of any responsibility in the 1984 rape and murder of Jessop, a crime that remains unsolved.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Standard_photos_Dudley-Hilary.jpgRegulators on both sides of the border have made it a priority to try to police complex insider trading schemes. The aggressive approach by the Ontario Securities Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in particular the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has yielded stunning headlines over the last few years, but 2014 was marked by a series of setbacks in insider trading enforcement.
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Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

The dangerous right to remain silent

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_William-G-Trudell.jpgWelcome to “Sidebars” No. 1.
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Monday, 29 September 2014 10:23

The trouble with criminal speech

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_October_CriminalCode.jpgIn 2011, an RCMP officer called Karen MacKinnon at her home in Drumheller, Alta. and asked her to come into the station for an interview. He wanted to talk to her about comments she had made on Facebook. She was wary at first, but agreed to meet with him and drove down to the station in her truck.
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Monday, 29 September 2014 10:23

An abiding belief in the system

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2014_October_D.Bayne.jpgThere are many words to describe Donald Bayne, a member of the defence bar for some 43 years, but one of his associates has a choice few. “You would expect him to be incredibly intimidating but he’s not so at all,” says Meaghan Thomas, one of Bayne’s colleagues at Bayne Sellar Boxall LLP in Ottawa. “He’s a wonderful guy, incredibly approachable, and probably one of the happiest lawyers around. He’s got so much energy.”
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