About Melody Izadi

Melody is a criminal defence lawyer with the firm Caramanna Friedberg LLP, located in Toronto, Ontario.

Do we need the Court of Appeal to Weigh in About the Importance of Internet Use in Modern Society?

Why R. v. Brar [2016] ONCA 724 is a waste of court time, money and resources Mr. Brar was a 35-year-old who was convicted of sexual assault, child luring and prostituting a person less than 18 years old and a breach of his bail conditions. He was first time offender. He was convicted of these […]

Whatchu doing with our Rights, Virgin Radio?

How a Toronto-based radio station makes light of the presumption of innocence, every week. One of the cornerstones of our justice system is the presumption of innocence. It’s a constitutionally protected right that is supposed to guarantee an individual all the blessings and grandeur of ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ In reality, that’s rarely the perspective […]

Oh, S***! Court of Appeal Rules on One Man’s Bowel Movements and Charter Rights

In R. v Poirier [2016] ONCA 582 the Ontario Court of Appeal excluded the drugs excreted from Mr. Poirier’s rectum because of the manner of the police investigation that led to its discovery. Without that evidence, Mr. Poirier was acquitted of all charges. Mr. Poirier was arrested after five confidential informants advised police that Mr. […]

Lockdowns and Liberty : Why Lockdowns in Correctional Facilities are Violating Human Rights, and Costing Tax Payers

Most people have the same attitude when it comes to prisoners being incarcerated: lock em’ up and throw away the key. Most people base this opinion on the assumption that everyone in prison is guilty, which means that all prisoners are bad people and deserve to be punished. But the recent case of Ogiamien and […]

When Sexism Hits the Fan: How Female Defence Counsel Are Put on Trial Because of their Gender

Not one work day goes by where my gender, age and race don’t affect my job. If anyone questions how “real” the discrimination is for women in criminal law, specifically for women of colour, and especially for women of colour who are members of the defence bar, I invite you to accompany me to court, […]

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