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RCMP Unit Disbanded

A businessman in British Columbia who is alleged to be connected to Asian organized crime was allowed to buy a piece of a casino by a government employee. Shortly after, that same government employee was hired by the casino. The accusation, which came to light as a result of a whistleblower, is only one example of organized crime’s infiltration and corruption of British Columbia government casinos according to an RCMP anti-illegal gaming report.

January 23rd, 2020|

A Miscarriage of Justice

A recent expose on CBC’s the Fifth Estate dropped a bombshell on the criminal justice system after they revealed that Alberta Justice buried medical reports contradicting autopsies that were relied on in court to convict multiple people, many of whom were charged with murder.

January 17th, 2020|

Fentanyl Sentencing: New Starting Point for Wholesale Trafficking

On November 28, 2019, the Alberta Court of Appeal came down hard on wholesale fentanyl traffickers and created a 9-year sentencing starting point. This means that a person convicted of wholesale trafficking or possession for the purpose of trafficking is facing 9 years in jail. Keep in mind, 9 years in jail is just the starting point.

January 3rd, 2020|

Privacy Expectations in Text Messages – Can Police Look at My Texts?

What happens to your privacy interests once you send a text message? The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v. Marakah found that depending on the circumstances, a person does maintain privacy rights on outgoing text messages. In Marakah, the Supreme Court looked at whether the appellant had a reasonable expectation of privacy in his text messages that were seized pursuant to a search warrant at both his and his co-accused residences.

December 13th, 2019|

Prosecutors Wipe Out 790 Convictions Due To Corrupt Cops

In what has become a much more common occurrence across Canada and the United States, Baltimore’s State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, has started the ominous task of having the courts throw out almost 800 cases as a result of the actions of 25 corrupt cops in that city. An investigation revealed significant reasons to distrusts over a dozen cops in addition to eight police convicted in what is termed the Gun Trace Task Force scandal.

December 5th, 2019|

Proceeds of Crime Used for Legal Fees

The question of whether money seized by police during a criminal investigation and considered proceeds of crime can be retuned to the accused was recently decided by the Supreme Court of Canada. In R v. Rafilovich, the accused was arrested in possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking. While searching his various vehicles and apartments, police seized roughly $42,000 in cash as potential proceeds of crime under Part XII.2 of the Criminal Code.

November 22nd, 2019|

Rise of the Machines

Alcohol breath tests are something that the criminal justice system in Canada relies on as being a reliable source of scientific measurement of an accused person’s blood/alcohol content. If it is established that the instrument was in proper working operating order, the blood alcohol content reading at the time of reading is conclusive proof at trial.

November 14th, 2019|

The World’s 10 Most Ridiculous Driving Laws

There have been a number of recent incidents of police officers in Canada ticketing drivers for charging their cell phones while their vehicle is in motion. In none of these cases was the driver actually using or looking at their phone, but police nonetheless were of the mistaken belief that this constituted distracted driving.

November 1st, 2019|

Outrage over Felicity Huffman Sentencing

If one is so inclined to read Twitter, which I am not, there was near-universal outrage over the sentencing of Felcity Huffman for her role in the infamous college admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues (Varsity Blues just happens to be one of my favourite movies).

October 15th, 2019|

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