Information About Michael Spratt
- Don't expect new justice minister to deliver on progressive criminal justice reform
In retrospect, Justin Trudeau’s surprise cabinet shuffle should not have come as a surprise. After all, it was obvious there would be some changes to Canada’s executive branch after Scott Brison announced he was resigning to spend more time with his family but definitely not to spare the government … Read more »
- The presumption of innocence is for the court of law, not for protecting the reputations of the powerful
The following is an edited version of opening remarks delivered by Michael Spratt at the 2019 Runnymede Society’s Law and Freedom Conference debate on the #MeToo movement and its effects on the presumption of innocence.The presumption of innocence is one of the golden threads that holds together our … Read more »
- Liberals' new impaired-driving rules will inevitably target minorities
This week, the Liberal government’s self-described “toughest impaired driving rules throughout the world” officially became law. And while Bill C-46 may have a bland title, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts, it rep … Read more »
- Who is the best fictional lawyer of all-time?
It is a question that has divided law offices, torn law-school friendships apart and driven legal nerds to the brink of madness. Who is the best fictional lawyer of all-time?Until recently this has been a question reserved for philosophers. But now, we have the technology to answer the age-old ques … Read more »
- Scheer’s guns and gangs strategy a simple plan for simple minds
Andrew Scheer and the federal Conservative party have a plan to crack down on guns and gangs. Scheer’s plan is a simple one: End automatic bail eligibility for gang members, revoke parole for gang members and impose minimum sentences for some gang-related offences. Scheer says that his plan, unlike … Read more »
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