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When Prosecution Met Defence: The Michael Bryant Case

Facts of the Case At 9:47 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2009, former Ontario attorney general and CEO of Invest Toronto Michael Bryant, driving home after dinner with his wife, had a violent encounter with a younger man on a bicycle, Darcy “Allan” Sheppard. Sheppard was drunk, and at a traffic light on Bloor St. W. […]


J. Mark Smith
J. Mark Smith is a professor of English at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.

A Judge Balances Controversy with Compassion

No person is criminally responsible for an act committed or an omission made while suffering from a mental disorder that rendered the person incapable of appreciating the nature and quality of the act or omission or of knowing it was wrong. – Criminal Code of Canada, Section 16 This is known as the “Not Criminally […]


Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell
Teresa Mitchell is the former Editor and Legal Writer for LawNow at the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta.

One Edmonton Youth in Conflict with the Law: A Case Study

We have all been there at one point in time:  young, insecure, and impressionable.  You would do anything to fit in: wear the right clothes; listen to the proper music; dislike the right people and share the same opinions as all the cool kids.  But what if the cool kids were the RCMP acting as […]


Stephanie Jansen
Stephanie Jansen is a student-at-law at the law firm of Attia Reeves in Edmonton, Alberta.

Age of Criminal Responsibility: An illusive dilemma

If we, as adults, reflect back on our youth, there is probably not one of us who can say we didn’t commit some type of infraction for which we could have been held accountable under the former welfare-oriented Juvenile Delinquency Act (JDA) – in effect from 1908 until 1984 – or the more legalistic approach of the […]


John Winterdyk
Prof. John Winterdyk is affiliated with Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta.

Talking to the Police

The police are key players in the criminal justice system. “To prevent crime and to make sure that there is order in the community, police officers are given special powers to search, arrest and detain any individual who is committing, has committed or who is believed to have committed a criminal offence. However, these powers […]


Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle
Marilyn Doyle is a library technician in Edmonton.

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