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Tricks of the Trade and Troublesome Traps…. Things Every Criminal Lawyer Ought to Know…and AVOID!

Over the course of career spent (largely) getting beaten up over at the courthouse, it stands to reason that aside from having resilience (read: thick skin) as a primary virtue, the typical criminal defence lawyer might have a few (ethically … Continue reading

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The ABC’s of Third Party Records

The ABC’s of Third Party Records Paper delivered to the Windsor Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Continuing Legal Education Program, July 24, 2014 In criminal proceedings in Canada, often the defence requires production of a witness’ personal records. In assessing whether to … Continue reading

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Closing Argument R v Wallace

Court File No.: CR-09-1585 SUPERIOR COURT OF JUSTICE SOUTHWEST REGION HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN – and – FRANKLYN WALLACE SUBMISSIONS OF THE DEFENCE INTRODUCTION This case involves four charges against Franklyn Wallace: s. 433(a) arson regarding the property at 790 … Continue reading

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Searching for the “Heard About Guy”

Who is the Heard About Guy? It is known that the Heard About Guy just got out of jail. The Heard About Guy is the guy who, your client tells you, just finished off a case that was exactly like … Continue reading

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Who owns the peace?

Who owns “the peace”? You, me, the cops, or John Lennon? I felt sorry for my many friends who live in Toronto, who during the last week of June 2010 had to endure the spectacle of the G-20 Summit Conference … Continue reading

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A note on “random” roadside breath tests…

In June 2009, the House of Commons Justice Committee released a report recommending an amendment to the Criminal Code which would allow police to conduct random breath tests for drunk drivers. The word “random” has a nice ring—it is only … Continue reading

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