Monthly Archives: July 2019

Slim’s Criminal Law News July 30

The death penalty is racially biased, fiscally irresponsible and very inaccurate

Attorney General William Barr recently announced the reinstatement of the federal death penalty — this comes as executions and death sentences in states are at historic lows. While people may differ about the morality of the death penalty, there has been a growing movement at the state level to repeal it because of its deep racial bias, fiscal irresponsibility and proven inaccuracy. The federal government should take note.

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

Supreme Court of Canada says military’s no-juries justice system constitutional

OTTAWA — Military members accused of serious offences under military law do not have a constitutional right to jury trials, the Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News July 26 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

The glaring omission on the Supreme Court

Heidi Matthews: If we’re going to take reconciliation seriously, Canadian law needs to change, and it needs to start at the top

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Slim’s Criminal Law News July 25 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Ontario judge strikes down mandatory minimum sentence for first-time impaired driving in case of Indigenous woman

OTTAWA — An Ontario judge has raised colonialism, racism and the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women as reasons for declaring part of Canada’s impaired driving laws are unconstitutional, arguing it’s unjust to give a criminal record to a 22-year-old Indigenous woman caught with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit.

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

Ottawa looking at Criminal Code reforms to deter ‘shameful’ conversion therapy

The federal government is calling on all provincial governments to stop conversion therapy while it considers changes to the Criminal Code to block the practice.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News July 2 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

A proposed law would block criminal defendants from giving up rights they could gain in the future

A wave of progressive prosecutors are upending the status quo, tearing up tough-on-crime playbooks and calling for criminal justice reform. Some assistant district attorneys, however, are sidestepping the potential for legislative changes by adding a provision to plea bargains.

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Slim’s Criminal Law News July 1 www.montrealcriminallaw.com

Supreme Court orders new sexual assault trial for man accused in ‘friends with benefits’ case

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial for an Edmonton man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a so-called “friends with benefits” case.

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