Laura Bethany

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Police Note Taking: Part 3 of 3

This is the third of three posts about police note taking. In this, Part 3, I discuss the effect sloppy police note taking can have on the outcome of a criminal trial. The trial of the police investigation If a prosecution witness is discredited at trial on important matters it can seriously, if not fatally, undermine the [...]

2017-01-05T13:25:05-07:00August 14th, 2014|Criminal Law|

Police Note Taking: Part 2 of 3

This is the second of three posts about police note taking. In this, Part 2, I discuss the classic way in which a poor note taker can expect to find his or her credibility under attack in a criminal trial. A typical cross-examination on police note taking In a classic example, the wind-up questioning by [...]

2017-01-05T13:29:26-07:00June 26th, 2014|Criminal Law|

Police Note Taking: Part 1 of 3

This is the first of three posts about police note taking. In this, Part 1, I discuss the importance of good police note taking in the context of telling the story of the case in evidence in a criminal trial. Introduction In 13 years as a prosecutor I dealt with hundreds of police officers during [...]

2017-01-05T13:30:19-07:00March 13th, 2014|Criminal Law|

Court rejects doublethink in sexual exploitation case

In January the British Columbia Court of Appeal released its decision in R. v. Rich 2014 BCCA 24 dismissing the appeal in a sexual exploitation case of a convicted sex offender seeking to avoid the immigration consequences of his sentence. Immigration consequences of a sentence of more than two years Mr. Rich was convicted of [...]

2017-01-05T13:34:26-07:00January 30th, 2014|Criminal Law|

Doda tea poor man’s heroin

Doda tea, also known as poor man's heroin, is illegal in Canada. It’s derived from the opium poppy and contains substances like morphine, codeine and thebaine. That means it’s prohibited under Schedule 1 of the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, along with the most dangerous other illegal drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Doda [...]

2017-01-05T13:33:19-07:00January 21st, 2014|Criminal Law|

Canadian prostitution offences unconstitutional

In December the Supreme Court of Canada released it's much anticipated decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford 2013 SCC 72 in which it found three Canadian prostitution offences unconstitutional. The three Criminal Code offences involve keeping  a brothel, pimping and communicating in public about sex for sale. The high court gave the government a [...]

2017-01-05T13:32:38-07:00January 9th, 2014|Criminal Law|