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Fix the cause of jail’s woes, not the jail

On behalf of Edelson Clifford D'Angelo Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on April 9, 2016.

There is an old Yiddish parable about the notoriously foolish elders of the small town of Chelm. These “wise men,” the story goes, were confronted with the vexing problem of the town’s dilapidated bridge. The townspeople would come to the elders regularly, with complaints and reports of injuries galore. The elders, upon hearing these complaints, […]

After Ghomeshi case, is more legal advice really what victims need?

On behalf of Edelson Clifford D'Angelo Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on March 25, 2016.

Earlier this month, the Ontario government launched the Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program. The program pays lawyers to provide as many as four hours of free legal advice to sex assault complainants to help them “make informed decisions about their next steps.” The government will pay these lawyers $136/hour, which, as […]

The numbers contradict Ghomeshi case rhetoric

On behalf of Edelson Clifford D'Angelo Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on February 7, 2016.

“Sexual assault cases are notoriously difficult to prosecute.” “Those cases that are prosecuted rarely result in convictions.” “Three quarters of all such charges are ultimately dismissed.” Judging by the recent media flurry surrounding the prosecution of former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, each of the above statements is nothing less than the unequivocal, gospel truth. […]

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