The James Forcillo Trial (20mins)

In Case Comments, Case Comments, Criminal Law, Defences, Homicide by Peter Sankoff

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 there should be a partial defence for legitimate but unreasonable uses of force.

The VLog was created as closing arguments were being made in the case, but I decided to hold back publication until the jury began to deliberate. I apologize for any errors in characterization that conflict with the addresses that actually occurred.  I do not think these were significant, and hope the VBlog still has some value for you, even after a verdict comes in!