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THE NUMBERS CONTRADICT GHOMESHI CASE RHETORIC

On behalf of Edelson 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.”…

LINKING MITIC’S GUN LOVE TO CRIME A MISFIRE

On behalf of Edelson Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on March 16, 2016. One dark and rainy evening, a police officer came across a drunk man, fumbling on his hands and knees underneath a streetlamp. When the policeman asked…

FIX THE CAUSE OF JAIL’S WOES, NOT THE JAIL

On behalf of Edelson 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 GROWING PROBLEM OF OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS AND PRE-TRIAL CUSTODY IN CANADA

On behalf of Edelson Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on July 22, 2016. It is no secret the Canadian prisons are overcrowded. In fact, some prisons, such as the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, had been using shower stalls to hold…

THE EFFECTS OF R. V. JORDAN ON UNREASONABLE DELAY AND THE RIGHT TO TRIAL WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME

On behalf of Edelson Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on July 30, 2016. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that “any person charged with an offence has the right… to be tried within a reasonable time”.[1] When determining whether a…

CARTER V. CANADA: CANADIAN CRIMINAL LAW AND MEDICALLY ASSISTED DYING

On behalf of Edelson Friedman LLP posted in Criminal Defense on August 10, 2016. On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada, in a landmark unanimous decision, declared that “prohibition on physician-assisted dying infringes the right to life, liberty…