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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 Sankoff

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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Duffy, Wright and the Parliament of Canada Act (10mins)

In Case Comments, Case Comments, Criminal Law, Other Offences, Procedural Issues by Peter Sankoff

As the Mike Duffy trial continues, there is continued speculation that the RCMP bungled matters by not charging Duffy or Nigel Wright under section 16 of the Parliament of Canada Act, which prohibits a Senator from receiving (and a person from giving) “any compensation, directly or indirectly, for services rendered or to be rendered to any person, either by the …