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Court Makes Rare Finding of Racial Profiling

The Honourable Justice Charney of the Superior Court of Justice recently rereleased his decision in the matter of R. v. Beverly O’Grady and Jeffrey Ferguson-Cadore. A report from Wendy Gillis of the Toronto Star can be found here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/08/04/victim-of-racial-profiling-traumatized-by-traffic-stop.html Ms. O’Grady, a young white female, without a criminal record, was driving her vehicle, with a black male passenger, in Oshawa at approximately 3:30 pm. Officer McKinnon, having observed the white female driver and black male passenger began to fear for the female’s safety. He suspected she was a prostitute and he a pimp as they were in the vicinity of the Canadiana Motel in Durham. Officer McKinnon followed the vehicle, stopped the vehicle, removed it’s occupants and searched the vehicle where he purported to have discovered a quantity of narcotics. Counsel for Ms. O’Grady, Jonathan Pyzer, brought pre-trial Charter applications to have the drugs, alleged to have been found in his…

8 Aug 2016

What is a Surety?

4 Aug 2016

A friend, family member or partner can help an accused be released from prison. A surety is a person who appears in court for the accused,…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Jack White

3 Aug 2016

It took 17 years for Jack White to clear his name after being wrongfully convicted of sexual assault. In 1993 Jack White was wrongfully convicted of…

Is it a Crime to Count Cards?

2 Aug 2016

Card counting is not a criminal offence in Canada. Card counting is a strategy used in casino card games and the Ontario Court of Justice has ruled…

What Are Potential Sentences For a Finding...

28 Jul 2016

  A judge is responsible for determining your sentence after a finding of guilt for a criminal offence The following are potential sentences for a person…

#wrongfullyconvictedwednesday Tammy Marquardt

27 Jul 2016

Was wrongfully convicted of the second degree murder of her son. When Tammy Marquardt was just 22 years old she was wrongfully accused and convicted of…

Is it Crime to Tip a Cow?

26 Jul 2016

The Criminal Code has prohibitions on injuring animals. For example, section 444 of the Criminal Code, specifically protecting cattle, states that: Injuring or endangering cattle 444 (1) Every one commits…