Lawyer: Ottawa must reform minimum sentencing laws

Lawyer: Ottawa must reform minimum sentencing laws

On April 18, the Yukon Court of Appeal removed the one-year mandatory minimum sentence associated with the crime of sexual exploitation, finding it in violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The ruling was sparked by an appeal brought forward by a...
Abergel Goldstein: We will fight for Legal Aid

Abergel Goldstein: We will fight for Legal Aid

When David walked into the Valley of Elah he was protected by God. He would need all the help he could get. David was to face the giant Goliath in single combat. Goliath clad in armour carried a deadly steel-tipped javelin; David had only a sling. The fight was short,...
Ottawa criminal lawyer pushes for jury reforms

Ottawa criminal lawyer pushes for jury reforms

Ontario is making a fundamental change to the province’s justice system by vastly expanding the pool of potential jurors to better reflect economic and racial diversity following a 2018 Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation into racially...
Ottawa Criminal Lawyer: False Guilty Pleas are a reality

Ottawa Criminal Lawyer: False Guilty Pleas are a reality

In a rare ruling, a judge recently struck McIlvride-Lister’s guilty plea on her request, saying that it resulted in a miscarriage of justice. Criminal defence lawyers say that while guilty pleas are a necessary tool to keep the overburdened justice system in...
Podcasts a unique way of getting word out

Podcasts a unique way of getting word out

Apple Inc. disclosed at an industry conference last summer that, at that time, there were more than half a million different podcasts available for downloading on iTunes alone.  Even if it sometimes appears that it is a phenomenon dominated by true crime shows...