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Bench Press 38-5: Shakespeare in Court

An Ottawa judge quoted Shakespeare when sentencing a 69-year-old sex offender recently.  The offender had assaulted his neighbour in her home after taking her out for a birthday dinner.  The Judge referenced Act 1 Scene VII of MacBeth: “He’s here in double trust. First, I am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the […]

Authors:

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

Bench Press 38-5: Justice is Blind

The Alberta Court of Appeal recently faced an interesting dilemma when pondering how to sentence a legally blind man.  The accused had been found guilty of sexual assault. He was legally blind and had used a guide dog since he was 17.  The trial judge feared for his safety in prison and worried that time […]

Authors:

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

Criminal Defence Law in the North: Part Two

In my last column (Part One) I briefly sketched out some aspects of substantive criminal law as it is enforced and applied in the Northwest Territories.  I want in this contribution to comment upon some underlying factors which, at least sometimes, lead to criminal conduct, as well as aspects of sentencing. At the end of […]

Authors:

Charles Davison
Charles Davison is the Senior Criminal Defence Counsel with the Somba K’e office of the Legal Services Board in Yellowknife, N.W.T.
 

Bench Press 38-2: On Second Thought…

An Ontario judge convicted a man of a firearm offence.  However, at the sentencing hearing three months later, he announced that he had changed his mind.  He stated: “To convict Mr. Griffith raises the risk of a grave injustice. The Crown has presented a strong case, but I can no longer say in good conscience […]

Authors:

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

Bench Press 38-2: Where to Incarcerate Khadr?

Associate Chief Justice John Rooke of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench was asked to determine where Omar Khadr should serve the remainder of his sentence. Mr. Khadr asked to serve his sentence in a provincial facility; the federal government wanted him placed in a federal penitentiary. Justice Rooke stated at the beginning of his […]

Authors:

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


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