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  • Compelled Password ProductionOctober 30, 2018

    Can the state compel a person to provide the password for a locked device? A recent opinion of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Florida indicates that the law in the United States and Canada could be moving in the same direction – but for different reasons. On October 24, 2018, the Florida app … Read more »

  • Spider-Man’s Cell PhoneOctober 14, 2018

    “It was incredibly fast,” Cst Mike Laporte told jurors at the trial of Shawn Vassel for gunning down Husam Degheim in a movie theatre parking lot in Mississauga, Ontario. Cst Laporte was describing Vassel’s attempt to elude the police by scaling down eleven floors of a North York apartment building. … Read more »

  • Sentencing Dial-A-Dopers In AlbertaSeptember 28, 2018

    For over thirty-five years the guideline sentence in Alberta for drug trafficking has been three years imprisonment. Speaking for a unanimous panel of the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v Maskell, 1981 ABCA 50 Justice Arnold F. Moir held, at para 20, that the guideline applies to “a commercial operati … Read more »

  • British Spy Agency Violated Human RightsSeptember 14, 2018

    On September 13, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) released the judgment in Big Brother Watch and Others v The United Kingdom (Applications nos. 58170/13, 62322/14 and 24960/15). The case concerned the bulk interception of electronic communications by Britain’s Government Communication … Read more »

  • Finally!August 30, 2018

    On April 20, 2018, Toronto criminal lawyers Emily Lam and Samara Secter filed the appellant’s factum in the Supreme Court of Canada in a case styled as Tom Le v The Queen, Court File No. 37971. The factum is anchored in ss 8 and 9 of the Charter of Rights by this opening sentence: “This is yet anoth … Read more »