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August 14, 2009

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...

July 30, 2009

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...

June 19, 2009

Big Firm Life

In a revealing interview with law blog Bitter Lawyer, the distinguished investigative reporter Gerald Posner has some interesting comments on life at Wall Street firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he practiced as an associate before becoming a journalist. Sweat shop with a capital ‘S.’ I billed over 3300 hours the first year and I...

June 11, 2009

Jury Selection

Thirty three days into a murder trial in Windsor, Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas declared a mistrial yesterday after it was revealed that police had searched databases and run background checks on potential jurors. The resulting information was then used by the Crown Attorney to assist in selecting the jury. Potential jury members suspected of...

June 5, 2009

Job Action

The Criminal Lawyers Association has announced that members with more than ten years experience or the qualifications to represent clients in serious criminal cases will no longer accept legal aid certificates in cases of homicide or complex matters involving guns and gangs. This important effort is meant to highlight the woefully inadequate legal aid tariff...