The Calgary Criminal Lawyers’ Weekly covers current developments of the criminal justice system in Calgary, Alberta. The author, Michael Bates, is a partner at Ruttan Bates, practicing primarily in criminal defense and appellate litigation.
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Okay, maybe just some diligent fact-finding would do. I say this in response to the recent Herald editorial comment entitled "Impaired Judgment" which discusses the impaired driving sentencing decision of Alberta Provincial Court Judge Anne Brown in the case of Dominika...
Dear Sgt. Patrick Webb,As Alberta spokesman for the RCMP, I ask you this question. Can I trust the members of Canada's historic national police service with my life and the lives of my family?I expect that you will deliver an emphatic "Yes, Sir!" to my question without even a pause. What else...
This is not a petition to nominate Julian Assange for sainthood...but it is a public plea to the Calgary Police Service and the Attorney General of Alberta:Julian Assange is a person whose life is deserving of protection in the same manner and with the same force of the law as anyone else. In a...
November 17, 2010 the Calgary Herald runs a story about a 34 year old Albertan who attended at an Edmonton hospital emergency room at around midnight one Friday in September asking nurses for help because he was suicidal.Approximately every hour for the next 12 hours the man came out of the room he...
There are troubling comments in the media in our province today regarding the effect of the Ontario Superior Court decision striking down the prostitution related provisions of the Criminal Code...and I hate to say it, but the most troubling comes from a colleague in the Calgary criminal defence...
I've decided to try to chime in on this issue in the most simple way possible...by asking this fundamental question...what is the purpose of the long-gun registry?If the purpose is to eliminate gun crime...then all right thinking individuals can agree it must be scrapped, for it can never achieve...
As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.-...
"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men."- George OrwellI think of myself as being at least reasonably intelligent, so here I go..."One day before he publicly apologized to Robert Dziekanski's mother for the Mounties' role in his death,...
I am writing to stand up for Cst. Jens Lind of the Calgary Police Service following what has become, in my view, completely misguided criticism of his lack of heroics following a fiery car crash that made headlines in our...
I wonder if any provincially operating pollster will come to my aid on this one. I need to get a sense of how many people in our City can tell me about the firing of Calgary Police Constable O. Valmestad in 1993 or Constable R. Stewart in 1994. I suspect very few.Which is odd, because of the...