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R vs Hart: New Test for Probative Value

In Evidence Law, Probative Value and Prejudice, Relevance, Teaching Capsules by Peter Sankoff0 Comments

In this video blog, I explore the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Hart, 2014 SCC 52, which addressed the admissibility of confessions made while the accused was being investigated by use of a “Mr Big” operation.  My interest here is not so much in these operations per se, but what the Court’s decision tells us about how …

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R vs Boone: The Use of Prior Sexual History Evidence

In Case Comments, Cross Examination, Cross-Examination, Evidence Law, Teaching Capsules by Peter Sankoff2 Comments

In this Video Blog, I concentrate on the Ontario Court of Appeal’s use of s. 276 of the Code – to exclude certain prior sexual history evidence. I go on to comment about the utility of section 276, especially given the Court’s decision that the evidence lacked probative value. You might think I’d say, “well what’s the point of s. …

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Ghomeshi Trial: Communication Between Witnesses

In Case Comments, Character Evidence, Character Evidence, Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Sexual Assault, Teaching Capsules by Peter Sankoff2 Comments

In this video blog, I take a look at the ongoing Ghomeshi trial and assess the meaning of cross-examination that took place with the third complainant.  One subject of that cross was the fact that she had exchanged at least 5000 messages with another complainant. What is the meaning of this?  How does it affect the Crown’s case?  I explore …

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Burden of Tendering Admissions When Identity is Disputed

In Burden of Proof, Evidence Law, Hearsay, Hearsay, Teaching Capsules, Theory and Principle, Theory and Principle by Peter Sankoff0 Comments

Tendering admissions made by the defendant in a criminal case is easy – except when there is reason to dispute whether it was the defendant who actually made the statement. Then things can get complicated in a hurry. This Video Blog attempts to sift through some contradictory jurisprudence and provide a framework for admitting statements in these situations.