Wrongful convictions are an unfair consequence of the Canadian criminal justice system that I work in every day.
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A judge in Montreal made the right call by ruling that giving someone the middle finger is not a crime, but is in fact “a God-given, Charter-enshrined right that belongs to every red-blooded Canadian.”
When preparing a client for a criminal trial I always stress that the burden of proof lies with the Crown attorney. To win a conviction, the Crown must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused has committed a crime.
The testimony of the complainant and the accused was once the key evidence in many sexual assault cases, with the court left to decide who was telling the truth.
Canadian criminal law stretches well beyond our borders, thanks to extradition agreements with other countries. But people may not know that the long arm of our law will soon extend all the way to the Moon.
After allowing the truckers' protest to block traffic in downtown Ottawa for three weeks, police moved in, arresting more than 100 people and towing dozens of vehicles.
A democratic nation should not fear protests from citizens.