Cory Wilson recently had the mandatory minimum punishment of one-year imprisonment ruled grossly disproportionate for his very low-functioning client charged with child pornography offences. This successful result required the use of a highly-specialized expert called by defence to testify in trial as to the client’s cognitive functioning.
On December 1, 2020, the Alberta Provincial Government took a radical step by de-criminalizing impaired driving /DUIs in Alberta for first-time offenders. As a result, those caught drunk behind the wheel will not be criminally charged regardless of how intoxicated they are.
Richard DeLisi has been incarcerated since 1989 when, at the age of 40, he was convicted on charges of racketeering, trafficking in cannabis and conspiracy after agreeing to help smuggle more than 100 pounds of marijuana from Colombia into Florida. He received a 90-year prison sentence.
The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled on a pressing legal question plaguing the country – are multiple life sentences for killers who take more than one life, constitutional? In Canada, we don’t sentence offenders like is often seen in the United States. A review of American jurisprudence often shows offenders being sentenced to 200 or 300 years in jail. In Canada, a life sentence means the offender can apply for parole after 25 years on a first-degree murder charge.
In Wingert, a 19-year-old man was killed after violently being beaten to death. After two years and no leads, police investigations finally led to a primary suspect who was believed to have been the individual responsible for the young man’s death. In order to strengthen their case and attempt to elicit a confession, police began an operation known as “Mr. Big.”
In 1983, Phillip Tallio was accused of sexually assaulting and suffocating his 22-month old cousin. Despite a psychologist who spoke with Tallio at the time and found that he had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, Tallio pled guilty to second-degree murder and has been incarcerated for 37 years.
Explaining the Recent Homicide Spikes in U.S. Cities: The “Minneapolis Effect” and the Decline in Proactive Policing
Major cities across the country have recently suffered dramatic increases in homicides. The increases are remarkable, suddenly-appearing, and widespread in cities across the country—although often concentrated in disadvantaged neighborhoods
In 1991, a California federal judge sent a clear messge in the war on drugs when he sentenced four men convicted of laundering cartel csh to over 500 years in jail each.
The Supreme Court of Canada recently decided that police may conduct investigations into dial-a-dope drug trafficking operations where they have reasonable suspicion that a phone number is being used for drug trafficking
Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of its contents. The general rule is that hearsay is inadmissible. Hearsay includes verbal and non-verbal statements as well as implied statements.