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A Sentence for Fraud

On August 5, 2009, entertainment moguls Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb were sentenced to seven years and six years respectively for fraud in relation to their conduct of the business of Livent Corporation. The trial judge, Madam Justice Benotto of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice found them guilty of numerous manipulations of the accounting

An Adult Sentence

The Youth known as M.T., who can now be identified as Melissa Todorovic, was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for her role in the callous murder of 14 year old Stefanie Rengel. The case was noteworthy for the instant messages introduced into evidence which demonstrated Todorovic’s complicity in directing her boyfriend to commit the

Criminal Negligence Causing Death

The tragic death of Michael Jackson raises the question whether his physician Conrad Murray can be found criminally liable for Jackson’s death. It has been reported that, in interviews with the police, Dr. Murray has admitted to administering the drug Propofol to Jackson on the day of his death. Propofol is a powerful anaesthetic for

Bringing the Administration of Justice Into Disrepute

On July 17, 2009, the Supreme Court of Canada released four decisions on the important  question of the circumstances in which evidence obtained by the police in a manner contrary to the Charter of Rights should be excluded from consideration at trial. Section 24(2) of the Charter states “Where, in proceedings under subsection (1), a

Trial Within A Reasonable Time

Section 11(b) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees to any person charged with an offence the right “to be tried within a reasonable time.” What is reasonable is left to the Courts to decide in the circumstances of individual cases. There are guidelines. The Supreme Court of Canada has said that, for less