Jaskirat Singh Sidhu’s guilty plea to all charges of criminal negligence against him resulting from the horrific Humboldt Broncos bus crash was unexpected, and has set off a lively debate amongst the defense bar. The plea was either a shrewd legal move or a dumb maneuver bordering on incompetence. Criminal defense lawyers, many of whom have never met a microphone they didn’t like, Continue reading “Closure for Humboldt”
There was so much going on over the holidays that the feel-good story of the marriage of Akihiko Kondo and Hatsune Miku got lost in the shuffle. It was a romantic tale of true love conquering all to be sure, since the couple had to overcome so many hurdles in order to tie the knot. Continue reading “With this algorithm I thee wed!”
The recent question “where is the craziest place you have ever done business” launched me on a stroll down memory lane as I tried to recall some of the wacky venues I’ve utilized for the practice of law. Mostly, of course, I am stuck behind a desk, squinting into a computer screen, with occasional cheery side trips to places such as hospital death beds, and jail cells, but every now and then—! Continue reading “Honest Officer, I can explain everything!”
When I was a tadpole, Trigger was simply the name of a famous horse, and not an inflammatory verb, but my, how things have changed!
Roy Rogers’ faithful steed Trigger died in 1965 and a scant few years later I stumbled through the doors of Osgoode Hall Law School to begin my legal education. Continue reading “Trigger!”
is how one judge described the Mandatory Victims Surcharge. This surcharge – an additional fine tacked onto every criminal sentence- $100 for summary offences and $300 for indictable ones -was made mandatory for all offenders in the 2013 criminal law reforms brought in by the Conservative government. Continue reading “A Tax on Broken Souls”
We’re betting that David Berry Jr. will leave prison a reformed man next year. Not only was he slammed with a year-long jail sentence for deer poaching, but the Missouri judge who sentenced him also ordered that he watch the Disney movie Bambi in its entirety at least once a month during his incarceration. Continue reading “Cruel and Unusual Punishment”
Once again this year I succumb to the lazy pundits’ content creation strategy of posting a retrospective on the highlights of the legal year now drawing to a close. And why Not? Not only has it been a busy, busy year, but I have a hunch that a few years down the pike, analysts will be opining that 2018 was a watershed year in the evolution of the profession. Continue reading “The Legal year that was-2018”