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Offence of “Hit and Run” (10mins)

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In this video blog I explore a recent decision of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and its findings on section 252 – the “hit and run” section of the Criminal Code. This blog ultimately implores the federal government to reform the Code, as this section is just one of many suffering from some troublesome drafting. If you enjoyed this …

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The Travis Vader Verdict (30mins)

In Case Comments, Case Comments, Charter of Rights & Freedoms, Criminal Law, Homicide, Mental Elements, Procedural Issues by Peter Sankoff1 Comment

Thirty Minutes! I promise not to go this long again, but there was a lot to say here, and a fair bit of legal complexity.  After Thomas J.’s stunning decision to convict Travis Vader using an unconstitutional section of the Criminal Code, most people are wondering, “what’s going to happen to the conviction?”  There are a lot of potential legal …

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Anita Kranjc Trial: Mischief for Giving Pigs Water? (20mins)

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The Anita Kranjc trial is underway, and it has already raised a host of good legal questions.  I explore them in this video blog.  What is she being charged with? What will the Crown need to prove? Does she have any possible defences? If you enjoyed this post, do me a favour and share!TwitterFacebookGoogle+LinkedinTumblremail

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R vs Alsager: Working Through Mens Rea Issues (15mins)

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In this video blog, I examine the decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in R v Alsager, 2016 SKCA 91. The decision raises a number of interesting mens era issues (issues concerning the mental elements of offences) and is a useful judgment to show how confusing some of these can be to consider! If you enjoyed this post, do …

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Forcillo Trial: What Comes Next? (10mins)

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In this video blog, I examine the next stage of the Forcillo Trial. Though Officer Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury, he has indicated a plan to try and have the proceedings stayed in a motion to be launched in May.  How could this occur?  I explain the legal issues in this blog. If you enjoyed …

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