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Illegal for Toronto Police Officers to Use Marijuana
Marijuana is set to be legal in Toronto on October 17th. A newly released report by Toronto City Police Chief outlined how they will handle who consume recreational marijuana. It states that officers cannot have any signs of marijuana in their systems, which takes 28 days to clear – meaning that officers are effectively banned...
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Criminal Lawyer Ed Prutschi Discusses Ford's Notwithstanding Clause
The Canadian public recently learned that two of their most notorious killers are not serving their sentences behind bars. Instead, they are serving their sentences to low-security healing lodges. Criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi writes for The Sun about the use of healing lodges over conventional prisons. Terri-Lynn McClintic, convicted of first-degree murder and rape of...
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Criminal Law Blog
Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home by knifepoint and held prisoner by a husband and wife, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Mitchell is serving life in jail, but Barzee is set to be released from prison in a few days.   This release has many people upset, and Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi...
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Criminal Law Blog
Toronto Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi discusses Premier Doug Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause. Prutschi explains that Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause can be traced back through years of the judicial system flexing their power over lawfully elected officials. While freedom of expression is important, how is that right impacted by the ability to run...
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Criminal Law Blog
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced he would be invoking the “Notwithstanding Clause” to override a recent decision passed by a judge in regards to cutting the size of the City of Toronto council. This move is highly controversial, but many people are wondering what exactly this clause is.   The notwithstanding clause is part of...
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Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with over 4,000 Canadian’s dying of opioid overdoses last year. In response to this, the Health Minister passed a Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. The law was designed to protect people who may be using drugs themselves but call for help if someone around them...
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Lawyer Ed Prutschi on Family & Criminal Law
  Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi joined family lawyer Andrew Feldstein on Ask Andrew. The two discussed the various ways criminal and family law intersects. Ed Prutschi said that out of all of the different types of law, the one that criminal law most often overlaps with is family law. Domestic assault cases are the most...
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Criminal Law Blog
Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi was quoted in a Law Times article discussing the Crown’s decision to appeal the acquittal of a man that was involved in an attack. Ayanle Hassan Ali, who suffers from schizophrenia, was found not criminally responsible of his May 2016 knife attack at a Canadian military recruitment center. The Crown’s...
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Many people were stunned to hear that MGM Resorts would be suing the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, opened fire into a crowd of concertgoers from the Mandalay Bay hotel, which is owned by MGM Resorts. 58 people died as a result of the shooting with 851 additional people injured....
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Criminal Law Blog
Back in 2013, a young man named Sammy Yatim was acting erratically on a streetcar, exposing himself to young girls and holding a knife. The streetcar was evacuated and police arrived on the scene, including Officer James Forcillo, who asked Yatim to drop his knife. Yatim didn’t, and Officer Forcillo fired nine shot- three initial...
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