Allan Rouben

F.A.’s Case: Criminal Law, Appeals, Sexual Assault and Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Background: F.A. worked in a medical facility with a much younger female co-worker. There was flirting between them. They went out together one evening, meeting up in a park and later driving around in F.A.’s car. He said he had a surprise for her at the office so they parked close by. Instead of going …

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Patrizia’s Case: Appeals, Civil Litigation, Negligence and Minimum Maintenance Standards

Background: Patrizia was driving to work early on a snowy morning in April. The roads in Milton were snow covered and slippery. Weather forecasts from the day before predicted an 80% chance of snow, yet the Town of Milton had not scheduled an evening patrol to monitor the roads and clear the snow. Tragically, as …

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Lucia’s Case: Appeal, Civil Litigation, Jurisdiction and Forum non Conveniens

Background: Lucia resides in Ontario with her family, and was involved in a car accident in Michigan. She brought suit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against the driver and owner of the vehicle, as well as her own insurer given that the Michigan defendants claimed the accident was caused by an unknown vehicle. …

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A Cheap Shot

An advertisement by a group calling itself Keep America Safe has caused an uproar in the close knit ranks of the conservative legal community in the United States. Keep America Safe was started by Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney, and commentator William Kristol. The ad takes aim at lawyers in the Obama …

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A Debate Between Colleagues

In the most recent edition of the Criminal Lawyers Association Newsletter, there is a reprint of the speech given by Mr. Justice Marc Rosenberg of the Ontario Court of Appeal on his receipt of the prestigious Martin Criminal Justice Award. Justice Rosenberg was a distinguished member of the criminal defence bar before his appointment to …

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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 …

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