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”