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Toronto Sun Guest Column: Acquittal would be just result in Ghomeshi case In a Toronto Sun guest column, DPS partner and Toronto criminal lawyer Boris Bytensky writes, “It is not enough to show the complainants may be telling the truth, despite their inconsistencies and subsequent conduct — rather, the correct question to ask is reversed...
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Sonya Shikhman indicated that her client’s defence will stand on the testimony of three witnesses. Myles Hughes’ lawyer says her client used a gun to defend himself and several friends from violent intruders who invaded his home on March 2010. Those remarks incapsulated the stance of Hughes’ defence lawyer, Sonya Shikhman, during her opening address...
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Mr. Prutschi is a panelist with NewsTalk1010 discussing, among other things, the unfortunate tactic chosen by a defence lawyer in making sentencing arguments for a man convicted of sexually assaulting a 103 year old woman.
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Tory Wants to Add “Rape” to Criminal Code Over 30 years ago, the term rape was taken out of Criminal Code of Canada and was instead replaced with the broader term of sexual assault. While many legal analysts have said that such an umbrella term is problematic and cannot encompass the full scope of sexual...
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A good trial lawyer will be very alive to errors that a judge is making in the course of a trial, though in the midst of the trial there’s virtually nothing you can do about them. A judge has complete control and discretion over how he or she is making the rulings as the case...
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Parents assaulted preemie breaking his bones Toronto Star, Thursday, October 28, 2004; B1 A Toronto couple convicted of breaking their four-pound baby’s bones, inflicting six fractures, wants him back and is seeking a six-month, stay-at-home sentence. Within 10 days of coming home from hospital in 2002, the baby’s parents, “Kerry” and “Stan,” severed their son’s...
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Woman, 23, found guilty of breaking both of baby’s legs Implores judge to let her ‘raise my son the right way’ Toronto Star, Saturday, October 23, 2004; B3 By: Peter Small, Staff Reporter A Toronto woman convicted of breaking both her premature infant’s legs is begging a judge to give her a chance to once...
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Edward Prutschi discusses what happens after a domestic assault charge, and shares some valuable insight on the legalities surrounding domestic assault and domestic violence, and why the exception instead of the rule often guides legislation. A criminal charge is a life-altering event and it becomes almost unbearable when defendants see the forces that they are really...
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In yet another example of ‘tough-on-crime’ trumping ‘smart-on-crime’, despite millions of additional dollars required to manage the increased custodial times for offenders on the many new mandatory minimum sentences, apparently no money could be found to save the venerable Toronto Bail Program. It has recently been announced that, effective Mar. 29, the Toronto Bail Program...
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Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: study proves children as young as two capable of lying So often in our defence of clients charged with crimes against children, we hear the refrain from prosecutors, “why would a child lie?” Well, it turns out that children, perhaps even more so than adults, don’t really need a reason...
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