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Responsible Journalism

On December 22, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada revolutionized the law of defamation by recognizing a new defence of responsible communication on matters of public interest. Henceforth, Defendants to a libel action will no longer have to prove the truth of the offending statements in order to avoid liability. Rather, the Court held that

The Attorney General and the Cyclist

Former Attorney General of Ontario Michael Bryant has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous driving causing death as a result of an incident involving cyclist Darcy Allan Sheppard in downtown Toronto on August 31, 2009. Not surprisingly, the story has received massive attention in the press. The prospect of a former chief

The Scope of Expert Evidence

In an interesting decision, the Court of Appeal for Ontario took the unusual step of overturning an acquittal by a jury on a charge of first degree murder. The decision in R. v. Abbey, 2009 ONCA 624, is noteworthy for the extended analysis by Mr. Justice David Doherty on the scope of expert evidence, in

Order in the Court

Clifton Williams of Will County, Illinois got alot more than he bargained for when he yawned at an inopportune time during a hearing into his cousin’s guilty plea to a felony drug charge. As reported in the American Bar Association Journal and Chicago Tribune, Judge Daniel Rozak sentenced Williams to six months in jail for

The Qualities of a Good Witness

Trial lawyers are constantly searching for those elusive qualities of clients and witnesses which will capture the attention of the Court and result in favourable treatment by a judge or jury. Opinions on the subject are frequently based on little more than gut reactions. In the recent case of Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Toronto