Monthly Archives: August 2016

Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 30 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Rape Are the Wrong Response to the Brock Turner Case

Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer who was sentenced to six months in prison for raping an unconscious woman, is scheduled to be released for good behavior on Friday, after serving half his allotted jail time. There’s a bit of poetic justice, then, in the fact that California state legislators passed a bill on Monday that would institute a three-year mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of penetrating an intoxicated or unconscious person.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 29 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Does the Death Penalty Deter? Of Course

Writing in support of Proposition 62, a California ballot initiative to repeal the death penalty, former El Dorado county supervisor Ron Briggs makes the tiresomely familiar claim that “the death penalty does not make our communities any safer” and “is not a deterrent to crime.”

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 28 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

California May Abolish the Death Penalty

On Election Day, California voters will make a monumental moral and financial decision. Proposition 62 — the Justice That Works Act — is on the Nov. 8 ballot, and if the initiative passes, it will replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. It will also require convicted murderers to work and pay restitution to their victims’ families. And it will save taxpayers $150 million a year, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 24 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Advocate backs bid to make distracted driving a federal crime

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Do you think distracted driving be made a federal crime, much like drunk driving? There’s a push to add behaviours like using a handheld phone behind the wheel to Canada’s Criminal Code while introducing tougher penalties.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 22 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

No Way to Call Home: Incarcerated Deaf People Are Locked in a Prison Inside a Prison

Silent Voices is truly silent. The group’s three members are doing what looks like a dance in the front of a classroom at a state prison near the banks of the Mississippi River, just south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, performing their version of the song “I Believe” by R. Kelly.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 19 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Trial deadlines lead to sex assault conviction being tossed by top court

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision not to reconsider the case of a former Winnipeg chiropractor whose sexual-assault conviction was tossed out because of court delays is part of a crackdown on ensuring cases get to trial in a reasonable time.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 18 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Confusion over pot laws has consequence

With dispensaries outnumbering ice cream shops in some parts of Toronto, a casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that marijuana is legal in Canada. But as we were reminded again last week with another round of police raids, that is not the case.

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Slim’s Criminal News Aug 16 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Police chiefs want law compelling people to reveal passwords

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs want a new law that would force people to hand over their computer passwords with a judge’s consent.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 15 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Nova Scotia Underage ‘Sexting Ring’ Trial Will Test New Law

A group of teenage boys in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia will stand trial this week for allegedly creating a “sexting ring” through which they shared nude images of their female peers using a Dropbox account.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Aug 14 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Why a not criminally responsible verdict is unlikely in Quebec’s election-night murder case

The verdict in the Parti Québécois election-night murder trial is in the hands of the jurors and they’re facing an elaborate puzzle: How should they weigh contradictory testimony from two expert witnesses who disagree on the accused’s state of mind?

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