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Be Nice to Your Dog or Cat! – Animal Cruelty Allegations could lead to Search Warrant

Two recent cases that have hit the media shine light on the BC SPCA’s newer powers regarding search warrants in relation to animals in distress (stories attached). In one case the owner of a dog who had ingested drugs and been taken to the veterinarian was reported to the SPCA. In the other case the […]

Why do Good People Shoplift ?

Some people turn to alcohol or overeating, others turn to shoplifting in a time of stress. Everyone deals with difficulties differently. When people turn to prosocial ways of dealing with extreme stressors, it is likely that those around them will praise their decisions. Cycling, going to the gym or turning a new page in your […]

Do Recent Cyber Bullying Cases Actually Highlight the Need for Canadian Law Reform?

Certainly, cyber bullying and harassment is a serious and issue in North American society, but recent claims that there is a need for a change in the current criminal law to deal with it may be overzealous. As set out in the attached article, Bill C 13 is currently being considered by the Canadian parliament […]

Mines Client Sentenced to 20 Weekends for Internet Extortion

Despite Crown Counsel’s  remarks that the case was “an Amanda Todd Situation”, we were able to convince a  North Vancouver Provincial Court Judge that our client should not be sentenced to the nine month period of incarceration sought by the Crown. Emphasising the need for denunciation, but tempering his sentence because he accepted that our […]

“Mr. Big” Sting rules made stricter by Supreme Court of Canada

Nelson Hart, a Newfoundland man accused of murdering his twin 3 year old daughters, has been granted a new trial after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the police improperly obtained his confession through a controversial police technique known as a “Mr. Big” sting operation. In this type of investigation, undercover police officers will […]

Vancouver Lawyers Withdraw from Legal Aid Cases

Lawyers that provide Legal Aid representation to clients in Vancouver criminal courts have taken action to withdraw their services this month. Legal Aid lawyers will not be taking on any new cases until early August. Further job action will be taken beginning the first week of October and the plan is to withdraw all legal […]

Marc Emery, “Prince of Pot”, soon to be Free. What’s next for Canada’s Marijuana Laws?

“The Times, they are a Changin”….. It’s quite a different political and cultural landscape since Marc Emery, the self stylized “Prince of Pot” was sentenced over four years ago in the United States for  distribution of drugs – marijuana seeds. Colorado and Washington are two U.S. states that have beat Canada to the punch by recently […]

Thousands at Riot Broke Law, Few Convictions Are Assured

TheTyee.ca / June 2011 An image depicts a man, apparently in his 20s, wearing a Vancouver Canucks-branded T-shirt. With his arms spread, one hand grasping a hockey stick, the other open-palmed, he is gesturing to an off-camera crowd. The muscles in his forearms, chest and face appear flexed, his mouth gaping and his eyes wide. […]

Mines client shares in Missing Women reward money

Thursday, August 26, 2010 Pickton tipster to share in reward Bill Hiscox was first person to alert police to serial killer The man who first tipped off police about Robert Pickton more than three years before the serial killer’s arrest will share a $100,000 reward with five other people. Bill Hiscox, who now lives in […]

Man found not criminally responsible for attack on Landlady

A man who committed a violent sex attack on his landlady has been found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder. Steven Thomas Lowry, 26, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault in connection with the April 2008 attack on the victim, who cannot be identified due to a publication […]

Mines Defends Mountie on Assault Charge

Lawyer for Coquitlam Mountie who’s on trial says nobody was hurt in 2006 incident. A Coquitlam Mountie on trial for assault and obstruction was justified when he interfered in an arrest last year, his defence lawyer said yesterday. In his closing arguments, Michael Mines told Judge Maria Giardini that the officer may have been angry […]

Mines client acquitted in Marijuana Cafe Case

Former cafe owner faces 10 yrs POT ADVOCATE CONVICTED ON TRAFFICKING CHARGES – CO-ACCUSED FOUND NOT GUILTY VANCOUVER – The former owner of a well-known east Vancouver cafe that openly sold marijuana until a police raid in September, 2004, was convicted of two marijuana-trafficking charges yesterday. A British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Carol Gwilt […]