Supreme Court won't hear appeal of Alberta manslaughter conviction
OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a man convicted of killing two Edmonton-area seniors. Travis Vader was sentenced to life in prison for the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann, who vanished in 2010 while setting out on a camping trip. His lawyers argued the trial judge should have dismissed his case because it took so long to work its way through the court system. The lawyers also said the judge made errors and showed bias when he substituted the lesser offence of manslaughter for two second-degree murder verdicts.Vader unsuccessfully asked the Alberta Court of Appeal for a new trial or for his manslaughter charges to be stayed.
WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation .
Redditt Hudson: I was a cop , and I know that the police are subject to a different quality of justice than they sometimes mete out to black and brown people.
A judge has upheld a ruling that a man charged with impaired driving who was put in the back of a locked police car had his Charter rights violated because that action had "a significant impact on his liberty."
Justice Sandra Chaytor agreed with the trial judge who said putting the man in the car was not necessary for this situation.
The trial judge also excluded the breath sample obtained from the man and he was ultimately acquitted.
The incident happened Oct. 26 in what the ruling only identifies as a residential area. The first officer on the scene said the driver had constricted pupils and believed he was under the influence, according to the facts of the case outlined in the decision.
P.E.I. man warning others to lock up after truck stolen from his driveway
Mike Lund went outside Wednesday morning to discover his 2011 Chevy Silverado had been stolen. Lund said he's always been "a very trusting person," and had left his keys in his truck without giving it much thought. He now realizes that was a bad idea, and he hopes others will learn from his mistake. "You can't take that chance anymore, you just have to keep it locked up," Lund said. Lund isn't the only one who has made the mistake of leaving vehicles unlocked, sometimes with the keys inside.Increase in theftsP.E.I. RCMP said they've noticed more vehicle thefts, and more thefts of items left in cars and trucks.
A Federal judge has issued an injunction which protects activist’s rights when handing out Jury Nullification pamphlets. However, just two days after the Federal judge ’s injunction, police began harassing activists and confiscating all literature relating to jury nullification.
In the decision, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled that police officers have for years systematically Scheindlin's opinion also referred directly to George Zimmerman's acquittal , Trayvon Martin's But the judge stopped short of ending the practice. "The purpose of the remedies addressed in this opinion is
The officer said she wanted to question the man, and that because it was raining, she told him to sit in the back of the police cruiser.
He was read his rights and invoked his right to speak to a lawyer, which the officer complied with by calling a lawyer on her cellphone. She then opened the police car door to hand him the cellphone.
When she did that, according to court documents, she smelled alcohol on his breath and then asked for a breath sample. It registered as a fail, or being above the legal limit. He was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle.
Acquittal of man accused of shooting pregnant ex a ‘failure’ for domestic abuse survivors: advocate
Acquittal of man accused of shooting pregnant ex a ‘failure’ for domestic abuse survivors: advocateCarleton Stevens was found not guilty of attempted murder on Wednesday, after the judge ruled there was reasonable doubt he had intent to harm the woman or the baby, which was also his.
And who 's talking to the police right now? Generally the least sophisticated people: People who have never been arrested before, people who are innocent. So I'm not worried too much that this book is gonna put some helpful information in the hands of criminals that they don't already have, because
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the stop-and-frisk tactics of the New York Police Department violated the constitutional rights of minorities in the city, repudiating a major element in the Bloomberg administration’s crime-fighting legacy.
Ignorance of Charter rights 'must not be rewarded'
The trial judge said it was not necessary for the man to be put in the car during the incident and acquitted him.
The Crown appealed, but in her decision, Chaytor said there were no errors in law made in the original decision by the trial judge.
The officer "acted in good faith" in helping to facilitate the man's right to a lawyer, but "ignorance of Charter standards must not be rewarded or encouraged and negligence or willful blindness cannot be equated with good faith," according to Chaytor's ruling.
Liberals' sex assault trial reforms run into trouble as more judges find Charter violations .
Liberals' sex assault trial reforms run into trouble as more judges find Charter violations One judge recently concluded the changes “eviscerate” the most important tool the accused has when it comes to challenging the complainant’s version of events.