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Toronto criminal lawyers, Kostman & Pyzer, launch #wrongfullyconvicted wednesdays with Ruben “Hurricane” Carter. Toronto Defence Lawyers is very proud to announce the launch of #wrongfullyconvictedwednesdays, in recognition of those who have suffered the injustice of a wrongful conviction and those devoted to their defence. #wrongfullyconvictedwednesdays will tell the stories of individuals who have endured a conviction of a crime they did not commit and their path to eventual exoneration. Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, an American middleweight boxer, was twice convicted of three counts of first-degree murder. He was arrested and charged in Patterson, New Jersey in 1966. Despite inconsistent witness testimonies and problematic evidence, Carter was first convicted in 1967. His ordeal inspired a campaign for a retrial or pardon, attracting celebrity support. Both Muhammad Ali and Bob Dylan lent their support. The New Jersey Supreme Court again found Carter guilty in 1976. It wasn’t until 1985…

23 Mar 2016

What is the PARS Program (Early Intervention...

17 Mar 2016

The PARS or Early Intervention Program may not be for everyone. Ontario’s Domestic Violence Court has specialized processes for the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence…

Can a Confession Lead to a Conviction?

12 Mar 2016

A confession alone can lead to a criminal conviction. A confession is an incriminating statement made by a person in relation to an alleged offence. It…

Can I Travel to the United States with a...

19 Feb 2016

Sometimes decisions and choices we make as youth or adults come back to haunt us in ways we may not think about. One of these situations may be having a…

How and When Can you Visit Someone in Prison?

12 Feb 2016

Visiting hours for family, friends and Lawyers Being incarcerated in Ontario comes with many challenges for both the inmate and the family. There are many privileges that we take for…

How can Family and Friends Transfer Funds to...

5 Feb 2016

Prisons in Ontario have very similar guidelines for funds being transferred to inmates, however they do differ slightly. If you are going to deposit funds to an inmate’s account you…

What Is the Victim Fine Surcharge (VFS)?

31 Jan 2016

The Federal Victim Fine Surcharge (FVFS), as set out in s.737 of the Criminal Code of Canada, is a monetary surcharge imposed on offenders in addition to any other punishment…