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

In Activism, Animal Law, Case Comments, Case Comments, Criminal Law, Cruelty, Defences, Law Reform, Mental Elements, Physical Elements, Procedural Issues, Video Blogs by Peter SankoffLeave a Comment

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?

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The James Forcillo Trial (20mins)

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This VLog examines the Forcillo trial, where a Toronto police officer is charged with murder after shooting the victim on a Toronto street car. I examine the nature of the offence, and how it is driven by the definition of murder – even though this case differs a great deal from the “ordinary” murder case.  In particular, I consider whether …

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Reversing the Burden of Proof in Summary Conviction Trials (10mins)

In Burden of Proof, Criminal Law, Defences, Evidence Law by Peter SankoffLeave a Comment

Talk about flying under the radar. Two days ago, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the case of R v Goleski from the bench. In the process, it confirmed that s. 794 imposes a burden of proof on the defendant to prove certain defences and excuses in EVERY summary conviction trial. This is not a good thing. To find out why, watch …