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Law & Order with Ed Prutschi and Mike McCormack

Law & Order with Ed Prutschi, Toronto Police Association head and Mike McCormack

People have been shocked to watch the video of a man handcuffed in the back of a Toronto Police cruiser produce a gun from his pants. In this month’s Law & Order segment, criminal defence lawyer Edward...
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Law & Order with Ed Prutschi and Mike McCormack

Liberal sexual assault reform, Ed Prutschi, Newstalk 1010 Legal Analyst.

In the wake of the acquittals for former CBC host, Jian Ghomeshi, the federal Liberal government enacted a series of significant reforms to the Criminal Code impacting how sexual assault trials would be conducted. One...
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Law & Order with Ed Prutschi and Mike McCormack

Law & Order with Ed Prutschi and Mike McCormack

Partner Edward Prutschi debates a new study that suggests police officers with a history of misconduct and complaints can ‘infect’ other officers like if a virus if they are transferred to new departments rather than...
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Edward Prutschi, explains the process now facing Raptors President Masai Ujiri

Partner, Edward Prutschi, explains the process now facing Raptors President Masai Ujiri

Partner, Edward Prutschi, explains the process now facing Raptors President Masai Ujiri as he Oakland Sherrif’s office seeks to lag assault police charges following a post-game coirtsiee scuffle. Edward Prutschi Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Criminal Litigation
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Four Paralegals Charged In Conviction-Erasing Scam

Four Paralegals Charged In Conviction-Erasing Scam

Four Paralegals Charged In Conviction-Erasing Scam Edward Prutschi: My comments this evening on the growing traffic court scandal as four paralegals face breach of trust charges in an alleged ticket fixing scheme. Edward Prutschi Bytensky...
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PRUTSCHI: Fingers on the scales of justice

PRUTSCHI: Fingers on the scales of justice

Fingers on the scales of justice Partner, Edward Prutschi provides his analysis on the collapse of the breach of trust trial facing Vice Admiral Norman. https://torontosun.com/news/national/prutschi-fingers-on-the-scales-of-justice Edward Prutschi Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Criminal Litigation 5000 Yonge...
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Chris Darden’s Daughter Harassed For Dad Defending Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer

  “Edward Prutschi speaks to Barb DiGulio, host of The Nightside on NewsTalk1010, and answers the age-old cocktail party question posed to every criminal defence lawyer: “How can you defend those people?!”  
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PRUTSCHI: Libs and SNC Lavalin just won’t take no for an answer

“Last month a Federal Court judge ruled against SNC-Lavalin, finding that the Director of Public Prosecutions had complete discretion to refuse the company its long sought-after Deferred Prosecution Agreement. Now SNC is appealing that decision...
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Father Of Ontario Girl Found Safe After Amber Alert Won’t Be Charged, But Should The People Who Raised The Concern Be?

Father Of Ontario Girl Found Safe After Amber Alert Won’t Be Charged, But Should The People Who Raised The Concern Be? A recent Amber Alert that saw a man cleared of abduction allegations has some...
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Marijuana Legalization in Canada

Legalization of Cannabis in Canada: What You Should Know

As of October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana was declared legal in Canada. However, although cannabis is legal, rules regarding consumption, possession, production and sale still remain in effect and those rules carry with them the...
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Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Gives Sermon at Toronto Synagogue

Partner Edward Prutschi Delivers Sermon at Local Toronto Synagogue

The following sermon was delivered by partner, Edward Prutschi, on Saturday Feb. 2, 2019, Parshat Mishpatim at the Song Shul in Toronto. Song Shul Parshat Mishpatim – Torah Portion “Laws” Feb. 2, 2019 The Importance...
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Criminal Lawyer Discusses Bruce McArthur Pleading Guilty

Bruce McArthur Pleads Guilty to First-Degree Murder

The case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur has been settled. Today McArthur pled guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder. Toronto criminal lawyer Ed Prutschi discusses this fast-paced case with NewsTalk1010’s Jerry Agar. Prutschi...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses Legalities of Latest Toronto News with Jerry Agar

Criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi sat down with Jerry Agar on January 17th, 2019 on NewsTalk1010 to discuss the legality of some current news stories. First up was the most recent court date of Bruce McArthur....
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Bail Law from our Criminal Lawyers

Understanding the Bail System in Canada

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a right to a reasonable bail. The Criminal Code states that, in most cases, a person MUST be released on their own recognizance without any conditions. In some...
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Humboldt Bus Crash Sentencing

Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash

Canada was shocked last April when 16 people were killed and 13 others were injured in a major bus crash. The Humboldt Broncos hockey team had been on their way to a playoff game when...
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Toronto Lawyer Drinking Driving 2018

Reckless Driving Charges Dropped for Man with Undiagnosed ADHD

Toronto criminal lawyer Boris Bytensky discussed on NewsTalk1010 a case that deals with driving and ADHD. On Halloween night in 2015, a man ran through a red light, injuring another. He was charged with reckless...
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Changes to Impaired Driving charges

New Legislation to Impact Ontario Impaired Driving Law

On December 18th, new legislation will go into effect that will impact impaired driving law. Currently, police officers must have reasonable suspicion before demanding a breathalyzer test. Once the new legislation passes though, police can...
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Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Voted Best Toronto Criminal Lawyers

BPS Criminal Law Firm Voted Best Toronto Lawyers in the 2018 NOW Readers’ Choice Award!

Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman Criminal Law Firm is honored to win NOW Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Toronto Lawyers! Every year, NOW Magazine has their readers vote for the best businesses in a number...
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Boris Bytensky Discusses Defence Lawyer Conduct

Defense lawyers often get hate from citizens for defending criminals, however, they play a crucial role in the legal system. The system only works if both the side gets fair representation. However, Toronto criminal lawyer...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses Ontario’s Pro Bono Centers

Pro Bono is a term used to describe when lawyers donate their time for free to provide legal advice for those that cannot afford lawyers. A pro bono organization in Ontario is currently facing a...
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Toronto Lawyer Drinking Driving 2018

What are the Penalties for Drinking and Driving in 2018?

Today, Canada watched as Marco Muzzo applied for parole. His case shed light on the danger of driving under the influence. Has Canada changed their attitude about DUI’s in the years since Muzzo’s sentencing? Muzzo...
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Marijuana Legalization in Canada

NewsTalk 1010: Toronto Police Department’s New Policy on Officers & Marijuana

Ed Prutschi sat down on NewsTalk1010’s Law and Order segment to discuss the Toronto Police Department’s new policy that will restrict officers from consuming marijuana, which was just made legal, 28 days before duty. This...
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Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses Paul Bernardo’s Parole Hearing

Paul Bernardo brutally raped and killed young teenage girls along with his wife, Karla Homolka. He was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Bernardo received a life...
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Illegal for Toronto Police Officers to Use Marijuana

Edward Prutschi Discusses Toronto Police Officers and 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...
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Criminal Lawyer Ed Prutschi Discusses Ford's Notwithstanding Clause

Ed Prutschi Discusses Healing Lodges Over Prison

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...
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Criminal Lawyer Discusses Early Release for Elizabeth Smart Captor

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...
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Criminal Lawyer Ed Prutschi Discusses Ford’s Notwithstanding Clause

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...
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What is the “Notwithstanding Clause”?

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...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses Good Samaritan Laws and Overdoses

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...
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Lawyer Ed Prutschi on Family & Criminal Law

The Intersection Between 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...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses Appeal of Acquitted Man

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...
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Criminal Lawyer Dissects the Vegas Hotel Lawsuit

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,...
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Toronto Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses Forcillo’s Chances of Appeal

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...
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Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses the Mosque Shooter Sentencing

Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi discussed the sentencing of the Mosque Shooter, Alexandre Bissonnette, with Jerry Agar on NewsTalk1010. Bissonnette pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder. The...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses A Husband In Legal Limbo

A husband in Saskatoon is in legal limbo after witnessing his wife kill herself. His wife decided to commit suicide after being denied medically assisted suicide. She grounded up pills, and after taking them laid...
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Criminal Lawyer Discusses The Reasons Behind Prosecuting Dellen Millard Again

Convicted killer Dellen Millard is about to go on trial for the third time. The possibility of him ever getting out is slim to none, even without this third conviction. So why are they spending...
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Ed Prutschi Discusses New Legislation That Limits Disclosure of Records

A law has finally been approved that will prohibit the disclosure of police records of non-convicted Ontario residents. In the past, people who were accused of crimes, committed to hospitals due to mental health issues,...
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Dellen Millard Case & Sonya Shikhman Criminal Lawyer

The Crown currently has plans to prosecute Dellen Millard, who is already facing two life sentences, for the third time. This time the Crown is trying Millard for the death of his father, which was...
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Boris Bytensky on The Law when it Comes to Defending Your Property

Read the Full Article on the Toronto Sun: Boris Bytensky on The Law when it Comes to Defending Your Property
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Toronto Criminal Lawyer Ed Prutschi Explains Why He’s Against Lie Detector Tests

Lie detector tests are a staple in cop shows, but Toronto criminal lawyer Edward Prutschi isn’t a fan. In fact, he always advises his clients against taking them. If police were willing to drop charges...
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Toronto Criminal Lawyer Explains Why You Can Get Charged For Leaving Snow On Your Car

It might seem silly, or even illegal, but yes, police can charge you for leaving snow and ice on your car. After Toronto’s recent ice storm, many citizens began a miserable Monday digging out their...
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Sexual Assault Lawyers Explain Canadian Definition

In the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, more people are wondering what exactly sexual assault is. What is considered sexual assault has been altered and updated as times changed, which only adds...
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Criminal Lawyers Discusses The Top 5 Crimes This Week in Brampton

Brampton has its fair share of crime, like any city. Here are the top 5 crime stories this week so far from our Brampton criminal lawyers. 1. Teen Speed Racer A Brampton teen was clocked...
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Criminal Lawyer Edward Prutschi Discusses Disclosure of Records For Innocent People

It should be common sense that police shouldn’t be allowed to release records for people found innocent, who were acquitted, or who weren’t even charged. Ontario legislative thought so too, as they unanimously agreed to...
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Toronto Defence Lawyer Ed Prutschi Spars With NewsTalk1010’s Host Over Police Following Proper Process

Toronto defence lawyer Edward Prutschi sparred with NewTalk1010’s host, Jerry Agar, this morning over the importance for police to ensure drivers understand their legal rights. The discussion was about the recent case where a drunk...
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4 Things That Make A Good DUI Lawyer in Toronto

There are thousands of lawyers in Toronto, and many that claim to specialize in DUI or impaired driving cases. But not all lawyers are the same. Having the right lawyer by your side as you...
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Edward Prutschi Discusses Albert Schultz Case On Vancouver’s Roundhouse Radio

Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre Company is in hot water. Both the theater company itself and its founder, actor Albert Schultz, have been named in a civil lawsuit that accuses Schultz of sexual misconduct towards actresses. Rather...
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Dellen Millard Case – Criminal Lawyer Sonya Shikhman Weighs In On

The Crown currently has plans to prosecute Dellen Millard, who is already facing two life sentences, for the third time. This time the Crown is trying Millard for the death of his father, which was...
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Advice for People Charged with Domestic Assault

We advise all persons charged with criminal offenses, including domestic assault, not to give any statement to the police. They have a right to silence and they should exercise it. The police are going to...
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How to Select a Toronto Criminal Lawyer

It is everybody’s worst fear to have a brush with the law. Whether it is a simple traffic violation or a difficult sexual assault case, finding the right criminal defense lawyer is key. Not all...
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Sexual Assault Lawyer Edward Prutschi for Sun Media: Believe in Justice

Media and the justice system have always been intertwined, but now more than ever in the digital era. The days of simply reporting cases are gone though. Both digital and traditional media have now adopted...
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Criminal Lawyer Sonya Shikhman Discusses Via Rail Terror Case in Toronto

Criminal Lawyer Sonya Shikhman Discusses Via Rail Terror Case in Toronto
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Sonya Shikhman Speaks about Paul Bernardo’s New e-Book

https://globalnews.ca/video/2337002/why-was-paul-bernardo-allowed-to-publish-an-e-book–
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How a Criminal Lawyer Approaches A Child Pornography Charge

As a child pornography lawyer, our first priority is to look at the disclosure and determine whether there is actual innocence here and then we search for what we can do to defend that individual....
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What Is Defined As Child Pornography

The definition of child pornography is extremely broad and can create some situations that would not typically be considered by the public to be criminal. Very generally speaking, the definition of child pornography in Canada...
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Charter Rights and Defense Of Child Pornography Charges

Charter rights are a very big part of child pornography investigations, trials and defenses. Some relate to a very traditional form of a search warrant where police will actually knock on the door, present a...
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Charges are dropped against a wrongfully accused client of Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman

Toronto Child Porn Charges Dropped But The Damage Is Done Read how partner, Boris Bytensky, fought for 16 straight months to secure a withdrawal of all charges in a child pornography case. Even after winning...
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How Ed Prutschi Advises Clients About Deciding To Appeal

Ultimately, the client decides whether to appeal, but we always lay out the points that they need to consider. One point is the length of the sentence and whether the client feels he or she...
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Basis For An Appeal & How Appeals Differ From Typical Trials

Edward Prutschi explains the basis for an appeal and how appeals differ from typical trials. When people contemplate an appeal, they believe that the only reason they need is to disagree with the judge’s decision....
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Why Trial Lawyers May Refer Cases To Another Lawyer For The Appeal

Edward Prutschi explains why trial lawyers may refer cases to another lawyer for the appeal. It’s not at all uncommon within the legal field for a trial lawyer to ask for fresh eyes to look...
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What Happens To The Plaintiff While A Case Goes To Appeal

Edward Prutschi explains what happens to the plaintiff while a case goes to appeal. Most appeals take at least a number of months, if not longer, before they actually get back in front of the...
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Time Limits And First Steps In Proceeding With An Appeal

Edward Prutschi explains the time limits and first steps in proceeding with an appeal. In your typical appeal, you have 30 days from the time of final judgment, which means when sentencing is handed down,...
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The Typical Conditions Of Bail For A Domestic Assault

Though the accused may have a surety for bail, a domestic assault charge can result in unique issues at bail hearings. First of all, the accused is more likely to find that the Crown is...
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The Timing Of Bail Hearings And Why It Is Important To Have Privately Retained Counsel

Often, officers will take the view that a person is releasable in theory, but they want more stringent conditions than would be imposed by an undertaking. They will have the person held for a Show...
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Boris Bytensky Discusses Upcoming Testimony of Nigel Wright at Duffy Trial

Boris Bytensky Discusses Upcoming Testimony of Nigel Wright at Duffy Trial Partner and CTV News Legal Analyst Boris Bytensky chats with CTV News Channel about what to expect on the first day of former PMO...
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Criminal Lawyer Boris Bytensky on Canada AM Reviews Last Day of Nigel Wright’s Testimony

Criminal Lawyer Boris Bytensky on Canada AM Reviews Last Day of Nigel Wright’s Testimony Partner and CTV News Legal Analyst Boris Bytensky breaks down the highlights from yesterday’s testimony at the Duffy trial on Canada...
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Toronto Child Porn Charges Dropped But The Damage Is Done

Toronto Child Porn Charges Dropped But The Damage Is Done Read how partner, Boris Bytensky, fought for 16 straight months to secure a withdrawal of all charges in a child pornography case. Even after winning...
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Jian Ghomeshi Trial – If Accusers Kept In Touch Does It Matter

Jian Ghomeshi Trial – If Accusers Kept In Touch Does It Matter Toronto criminal lawyer and Bytensky Prutschi Shikhman partner Boris Bytensky comments on the Jian Ghomeshi trial in a column on the CTVNews.ca website.
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Toronto Sun Guest Column: Acquittal would be just result in Ghomeshi case

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...
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Sonya Shikhman: It’s Self-Defence in Myles Hughes Case

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...
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Mr. Prutschi is a panelist with NewsTalk1010

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

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...
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Trial Lawyers Need To Be Aware Of The Basis For Appeal

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...
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They Want Him Back – Toronto Sun

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...
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Mom Pleads for 2nd Try With Infant

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...
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What Happens After a Domestic Assault Charge

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....
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A Blow to the Bail Program

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...
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Liar, Liar Pants on Fire: study proves children as young as two capable of lying

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...
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A Tale of Two Obstructions

Two cases that strike to the core of our criminal justice system. In one, a man seeks to protect to his girlfriend from liability for the tragic beating death of her young daughter. He delivers...
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Horse and Buggy Law In Toronto

A recent report prepared by a Superior Court Judge has found that 20 years after the Corrections and Conditional Release Act required it, the endorsements of Judges regarding prison classifications, treatment programs and other key...
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High-profile Barrie Murder Case

Slain Son Left like ‘Dead Dog’ Boris Bytensky leads defence team in high-profile Barrie murder case The Globe and Mail, June 11, 2011 By: Tracy McLaughlin TORONTO – Devon Chambers sat in a cold, angry silence in...
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Abusive Mom Begs For Herself, But What of Her Child?

The Globe and Mail, Saturday, October 23, 2004 By: Christie Blatchford It was yesterday during the sentencing hearing for a couple convicted in the aggravated assault of their seven-week-old son that the lawyer for the...
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