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Police Torture Tactics

Toronto Police torture tactics drew attention when in 2009 the Ontario Court of Appeal marked a critical judgment on “tortuous” police conduct on two suspects to obtain evidence. In the reports, Neil Singh and his alleged accomplice were “tortured” by a Toronto police officer in order to obtain a confession for a robbery. The conviction was stayed by the Court of Appeal due to the egregious police misconduct. In recent years, media circuits have narrowed in on incidents of police brutality and related acts. Here, the two suspects were arrested several months after $350 000 worth of copper piping was stolen from a Toronto warehouse. During the interrogation, the suspects were deliberately threatened, beaten, and denied their rights to counsel by police. In the testimony of Singh and Maharaj, they describe the police brutality they suffered from having their head slammed against a wall to being repeatedly punched in their head…

29 Mar 2018

What are the Different Types of Search...

27 Mar 2018

Canadian criminal law is concerned with balancing society’s interest in preventing and punishing harm with preserving respect for the liberty and privacy rights of individuals. This tension is particularly relevant…

Section 12 of The Charter of Rights and...

22 Mar 2018

Section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees every individual “a right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment”. Though s. 12…

Firearm Offences in Canada

20 Mar 2018

Part III of the Criminal Code of Canada sets out firearm offences. These offences are further split into categories including the use, possession, trafficking, assembling, exporting/importing, and offences relating to…

Possession of Prohibited Weapons- Pepper...

16 Mar 2018

  Criminal defence lawyers often encounter questions about the legality of weapons other than firearms, such as pepper spray, nunchuks, and knives. Part III of the Criminal Code deals with…

Striking Down The Mandatory Minimum, R. v....

13 Mar 2018

In Canada, mandatory minimum sentences are imposed on  individuals convicted of certain criminal offences. This means that sentences imposed on individuals convicted of criminal offences that carry mandatory minimum sentences…

What is the Police Record Check Reform Act?

7 Mar 2018

Individuals living in Ontario who have never been convicted of a criminal offence and therefore do not have a criminal record may still have information disclosed about them pursuant to…