Monthly Archives: February 2019

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

The impossible position: Canada’s attorney-general cannot be our justice minister

Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould, former Canadian justice minister, speaks in the interim House of Commons in the West Block on Parliament Hill on Feb. 20, 2019.The arcane details and nuances of Canadian law rarely become the matter of national debate. But legal terms of art such as deferred prosecution agreements, solicitor-client privilege and the Shawcross doctrine have become instruments of political analysis and rhetoric amid reports that Jody Wilson-Raybould, then the justice minister and attorney-general of Canada, was pressed by the Prime Minister’s Office to resolve criminal charges against Montreal firm SNC-Lavalin.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 21 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Half of Canada’s prisoners were abused as children, McMaster study suggests

About half of Canada’s inmates were abused as children, suggests a new study out of McMaster University.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 20 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

What is a remediation agreement? Meet the legal tool sought by SNC-Lavalin

OTTAWA — Engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin sought to be the first firm to avoid criminal proceedings by negotiating a “remediation agreement” — using a new legal tool that either spares innocents from being punished for the corporate misdeeds of others or lets the biggest companies off the hook when they’ve acted illegally, depending whom you ask.

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

Men appeal conviction in Via Rail terror plot, argue jury improperly selected

Two men found guilty of terrorism charges after being accused of plotting to derail a passenger train are asking Ontario’s highest court to grant them a new trial, arguing the jury that convicted them was improperly selected.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 16 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Supreme Court privacy ruling in criminal case may impact private sector

The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Thursday defined the boundaries of privacy in criminal law, but an expert says the ruling should be heeded by businesses and data privacy officers as well.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 10 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Bissonnette judge’s ‘unusual’ sentencing decision likely to be appealed: experts

MONTREAL — A Quebec judge’s “unusual” decision to modify the Criminal Code as he sentenced six-time murderer Alexandre Bissonnette to a life sentence with no possibility of parole for 40 years highlights the ongoing legal debate over consecutive life sentences in Canada, according to legal experts.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 9 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Justice or Vengeance? How Canada deals with terrible crimes

Cruel and unusual, or just and fair? That was among the questions facing judges in two provinces before they sentenced two men on Friday for some of the most horrific recent crimes in Canada.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 8 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Lawyer X and police informants: what is a lawyer’s duty to their client and are there exceptions?

The police-informer relationship has come under scrutiny in the case of Lawyer X – a barrister who acted as counsel for a number of prominent criminal defendants. Victoria police initially reported Lawyer X had been registered as an informant between 2005 and 2009. This week, it was revealed Lawyer X was first registered as early as 1995.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 6 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Toronto serial killer wouldn’t be up for parole till he’s 116 if he gets consecutive life terms

TORONTO – A Canadian prosecutor asked a judge Tuesday to sentence serial killer Bruce McArthur to consecutive life sentences so he won’t be eligible for parole for 50 years, when he would be 116.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News Feb 5 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Huawei executive’s extradition to U.S. far from slam dunk, say lawyers, experts

WASHINGTON — Canada’s former ambassador to China might have committed an irredeemable diplomatic gaffe when he publicly mused about Meng Wanzhou’s chances of avoiding extradition to the U.S., but that doesn’t mean John McCallum was wrong in his assessment, legal and national security experts say.

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