Omar Khadr

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So episode 59 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Before we jump into the heavy stuff lets look at something fun.  

Brendan Richmond's Canadian comedy song "Out For a Rip" went viral in 2013 raking up over 12 million views, but this Canada Day he was shocked to find his trademarked catchphrase on the lable of a Coca-Cola bottle.

So he lawyered up and released a followup song, titled "Out for a Sip" which doubles as the best legal demand rap video ever made.

Then onto the heavy stuff.

There has been so much misinformation surrounding the Canadian Government's settlement with Omar Khadr.  We break it down to separate the truth from the spin.  Does the Charter apply outside Canada? Was Khadr tortured? What exactly did the Supreme Court find in 2008 and 2010? And is 10.5 million dollars appropriate compensation?

Time to fact check what the politicians and political pundits are saying.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Supreme Court Speculation and Senate Report on Court Delays

So episode 58 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Last month, after 28 years on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin announced her retirement. She was first appointed to the court by Brian Mulroney in 1989 - when we were still in grade school.

McLachlin also holds the record as the longest serving chief justice (she was elevated to chief justice by Paul Martin in 2000). 

McLachin won't be easily replaced - her accomplishments were unparalleled.

So who will Trudeau appoint as her replacement and who will be named as the new chief justice? This week we discuss, speculate, and dissect the possibilities for Canada's top court.

And more court delays. This time its the Senate who weighed in on the issue with the release of a massive report on the issue. We evaluate the Senate's top recommendations - thumbs up or thumbs down.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Remanding the Victim

So episode 57 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

This week the CBC's Janice Johnston shed light on a horrifying courtroom injustice - the victim of a brutal sexual assault was remanded into custody because she had difficulty answering questions. The victim was a vulnerable indigenous woman. She had committed no crime. She showed up to court. But she found herself in jail - beside the man who attacked her. 

The accused - Lance Blanchard - was convicted of his crimes but there can be no justice for the victim. This week we take a look at this tragic and horrible situation.

We also take a look at the justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould's new bill to 'modernize' the criminal code. Bill C-51 (not that C-51) is another half-hearted attempt to reform the justice system by grabbing the lowest of the low hanging fruit. Oh - there is also a major change to sexual assault law in the bill that is probably unconstitutional - but the Liberals were not really talking about that.

Is C-51 another missed opportunity for the justice reform we were promised - the short answer is yes.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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JJJ: Juries, Judgements, and Jails

So episode 56 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Do we really want to know how the sausage is made? This week we take a look at juries. We trust 12 non-legal experts to pass judgement on the most serious criminal charges. But we have no idea who they are, they don't explain their decisions, and its a criminal offence to ask them about their deliberations. Is it time to rethink trial by jury?

Then we look at Judges. Judges are required to provide reasons. When they don't there is trouble. We take a look at the Ontario Court of Appeal's decisions R. v. Sliwka - a case where the judge never provided reasons for her decision.

Last up - failed correctional policy. Ontario want's to build some new jails. It is a horrible idea - because the government will screw it up. It always does. Building new bigger is nothing to be proud of. It is an admission of failure.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Pot Politics

So episode 55 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Emilie Taman returns! 

This week we talk about the Liberal government's new marijuana legislation. But it is not just pot that gets a legislative makeover.  The government has adopted the contents of an old Conservative bill that will radically change alcohol impaired driving. 

We also dive into some Jordan fall out - what is the government doing about court delays? Is it really a problem - turns out maybe not.  Is the Supreme Court's Jordan decision being used as a criminal justice Trojan horse?

All that and so so much more....


We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Politicians playing politics with Justice

So episode 54 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

With Emilie on campaign trial award winning blogger and friend of the podcast Anne-Marie McElroy jumps into the void.

We chat about the ill-informed political push to eliminate the preliminary hearing to speed up trials.

Then Emilie stops by to confront her temporary replacement.

Then we move on to more politics and the justice system - this time the Conservatives be all Conservative and misrepresent some facts about the justice system. The cases is graphic and tragic - Vincent Li beheaded a man on a bus. He was found to be not criminally responsible due to his mental health issues and 10 years later was found to not pose a risk to the public.  But the Conservative omitted those details from their talking points.  The Liberals and Justin Trudeau also neglected to talk about important mental health issues - so we did.

Finally we discuss collect call rates in our jails - in a word they are the most price gougiest rates that ever gouged a price.

Links:

CBC's story on the collect jail calls: Province gets 'kickback' from inmates' collect calls, lawyer says

Watch my CBC interview here: Lawyer Michael Spratt on the problems with Ontario inmate calls

Listen to my interview with CBC Radio here: Jail Phone Charges

Watch Anne-Marie on Power on politics on the preliminary inquiry here: Should preliminary hearings be scrapped?

Listen to me on CBC's As It Happens here: 


We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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If you want to follow Emilie's campaign you can keep up to date here:

Web: www.emilietaman.ndp.ca

Twitter: @emilietaman

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The Future of Canada

So episode 53 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

A very Special episode this week.

The awesome Emilie Taman is running for the NDP in the soon-to-be announced federal by-election in Ottawa-Vanier. Emilie will be a fantastic member of parliament. Lets start with the obvious: she is super smart, hard working, principled, and deeply committed to justice and fairness.  But I think most importantly she is a consensus builder who makes instant connections with everyone she meets - she always makes the right decision for the right reason.

In a climate of political cynicism and broken promises Emilie is exactly with our parliament needs.

Last week Emilie and Louise Arbour (yes - former Supreme Court judge, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and friend of the podcast) sat down with a roomful of students from Ottawa University to talk about some really important issues: electoral reform, the vibrancy of our democracy, feminism, the environment, immigration, and the refugee crisis.

It was fantastic. And I was there to recorded it. 

If you want to follow Emilie's campaign you can keep up to date here:

Web: www.emilietaman.ndp.ca

Twitter: @emilietaman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilieTamanNDP

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Live From OttawaU: Plea Bargains - A deal with the Devil?

So episode 52 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

A busy month at podcast headquarters here.  Emilie won her case at the Federal Court of Appeal! 

Last year Emilie ran in the general election for NDP in Ottawa-Vanier.  Emilie was a federal prosecutor (and a really good one) - but the Public Service Commission (her bosses) would not let her run in the election.  So Emilie quit her job and ran in the election anyway. Then she sued the government (Taman v. Canada) so other public servants would not have to chose between their jobs and their constitutional rights - and she won!

Emilie is running again as the NDP's candidate in Ottawa-Vanier in this years bi-election.  You can check out her Facebook page for more info.

Our little podcast also crossed the 200,000 download mark - yikes and thanks - and we won a coveted Clawbie award for best Canadian legal podcast.

To open 2017 we recorded our first episode in front of a live studio audience at the University of Ottawa. 

Plea bargains have turned into a bit of a dirty word. The public is often concerned about what can be perceived as a deal with the devil.  But in reality plea bargains are often more unfair to an accused than to the state.  The power imbalance between the machinery of the justice system and a single accused can be overwhelming. Often guilty pleas are far from voluntary - an innocent accused may be tempted to take a plea deal to avoid minimum sentence, to get out of hellish jail conditions, or to be reunited with their families.

Plea bargaining is an ethical quagmire for both prosecutors and defence lawyers.

So lets shine some light into a dark corner of the justice system and talk about it.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Renu Mandhane: Ontario's chief human rights commissioner

So episode 51 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

This week we sat down with Renu Mandhane - the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission to talk about... well.... human rights.

Renu Mundane and the Human Rights Commission have been a leading voice against the deeply troubling practices of solitary confinement and racial profiling.

Mandhane and the Commission exposed the horrific case of Adam Capay - a young native man who spend over 4 years in solitary confinement. They were also instrumental in the Ottawa Police Services' Traffic Stop Race Data Project - which showed that the Ottawa police were stopping visible minorities at a disproportional rate (and for no reason).  

Mandhane is articulate, passionate, intelegent, and a fierce advocate - in other words our kind of people. 

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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The Government in your Bedroom

So episode 50 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Today we talk about the CSIS data spying and lying to the court, the RCMP's power grab, and anal intercourse... yep the government in your bedroom.

The Federal Court slammed CSIS for retaining massive amount of information secretly obtained from people who are not suspected of committing any crime.  Big bother is watching - read the courts decision here.

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The RCMP wants even more power and is using the media to scare Canadian's into handing over that power.  I wrote about it for iPolitics.

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Anal intercourse.  It is illegal in Canada - well not really - but it is still in the Criminal Code.  The Liberals plan to repeal the unconstitutional law - but it is the lowest hanging fruit. We wonder why the Liberal government is lacking leadership when it comes to Criminal Code reforms.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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A New Judge, Racist Police, and Solitary Confinement

So episode 49 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

Canada has a new Supreme Court judge - his name is Malcolm Rowe and he seems pretty adorable. He is also an old white guy and his appointment was not without some controversy. The Liberal government has talked about a new era of transparency in the appointment process but all seemed more like a dog and pony show. Emilie was there to watch it all go down.

In less awesome - but totally not surprising news - the Ottawa police are racist.  Well they might just be systemically racist - but that is still pretty bad. Worse was the official response to a new study showing that visible minorities are pulled over more than their white counterparts - usually for no reason. We check out the study and throw some shade.

In even less awesome news it turns out that Canadian jails are torturing inmates. They call it 'segregation' - 1,500 days alone, in a small jail cell, with the lights on a 24 hours a day - so ya - its torture.  We check in on the troubling and heartbreaking case of Adam Capay. This is only the tip of the iceberg.

Oh and as promised - happy Halloween!!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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New Houses, Strange Cases, and Victim Fines

So episode 48 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? You should.

It has been a long time.  Let's catch up: a new house, a new job, a day at Parliament Hill - oh and we put together too much IKEA furnature.

No better time to discuss two strange local cases: an accused who seems to literally shit gold and the micro penis defence.

We also break down the new Liberal legislation that will roll back the prior Conservative government's changes to the victim fine surcharge.  The Conservatives made the surcharge mandatory.  The Liberals' bill restores the judge's discretion to impose a fair surcharge - no more bad breaking fines for the homeless. 

A simple legislative change..... that took a year.

Links and junk:

My iPolitics piece on private members' bills: The Liberals say they have big plans for criminal law. So where are they?

And the response: Because it's the right thing to do: MP Fragiskatos fires back over torture bill

And my testimony on torture and impaired driving:

BILL C-242, an act to amend the Criminal Code (inflicting torture) (House 2016)

Bill C-226, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences in relation to conveyances) and the Criminal Records Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Impaired Driving) (House 2016).

And my op-ed: Criminal defence lawyers oil the machinery of justice, and we pay for that privilege.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Vader Verdict, Cameras in Court, and Zombie Laws

So episode 47 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

On September 15, 2016 an Alberta judge found Travis Vader guilty of the second degree murder of retired couple Lyle and Marie MaCann.  Then the internet blew up - at least the legal corner that I live in.  The verdict was televised - a controversial rarity in Canadian courts - and on live TV the judge made a massive mistake.  

Vader was found guilty based on a criminal law that has been unconstitutional and of no force or effect for a quarter century.

This week we discuss the Vader verdict and the glaring judicial error.  We also dive into the issue of cameras in court and throw some shade at the government for leaving zombie laws on the books.

Law, Politics, and Murder - oh my!

Check out the decision here: R. Vader. Ironically the copy made available by some media outlets is missing page 126.  The page where the judge makes his mistake! So much for educating the public. Here is the missing page: 

Read this: Peter Sankoff on the Travis Vader verdict and Canada’s zombie laws, "Surely, Parliament can do more to repair our most important criminal law statute, and killing off dead clauses would be an obvious place to start."

And watch Steven Penny's full Interview with Global and Sankoff's full inter view with CBC - and yes Peter does look like a kick ass super villain.  

Be sure to read Ian Hanomansing's piece on the legal profession's irrational resistance to recording court proceedings.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Desmond Cole: Police Accountability and Abdirahman Abdi

So episode 46 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Desmond Cole! 

The man needs no introduction - journalist, social activist, and civil rights crusader.  

Desmond Cole, author of the Toronto Life cover story “The Skin I’m In” about police discrimination against black men won the National Magazine Award's Gold medal for Best New Magazine Writer. Desmond has a bi-weekly column in the Toronto Star and a weekly radio show on News Talk 1010. And he was also the inaugural co-host CanadaLand Commons......

So in the wake of yet another high profile death of a black man at the hands of the police - this time in Ottawa - we sat down to talk with Desmond about police accountability and transparency.

In late July Abdirahman Abdi died in police custody.  According to eye witnesses Ottawa police officers beat a hand cuffed Abdi and stood by as he died face down in a pool of his own blood.  The police did not administer CPR - instead they tried to confiscate cell phones from bystanders who were taking video.

Abdi was unaramed.  

He was also black. 

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson remaned silent for 48 hours (he was on vacation). And since then the mayor has attracted justifiable criticism for backing the police and shouting down those who demand increased police accountability and transparency.

Last week, on twitter, mayor Watson blocked Desmond Cole for this:

Watson said Cole has called him name.  That was a lie.  Strangely I have called Watson names but only after he says stuff like this:

So there was lots to talk about.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Senator Baker Returns

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So episode 45 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Senator Baker returns to talk about the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs' interim report: Delaying Justice is Denying Justice: An urgent need to address lengthy court delays in Canada.

There is a problem with delays in the criminal justice system. Delayed cases harm: the innocent, victims, the community, and the quality of justice - memories fade, the innocent languish in jail, and victims are denied legal closure. So ya - delays are bad.

The Senate's interim report identifies problems and more importantly looks for solutions. Senator Baker walks us through the findings.

Oh - Senator Baker also flatters me and basically volunteers to be a reference for a judicial application. But seriously there is not a more knowledgable, intelligent, passionate, and affable person than Senator Baker.

Emilie and I also talk about some other stuff too - but seriously - it is all about Baker!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Beat the Buzzer: Supreme Court, Terrorism, Police Accountability, and Breaking Making a Murderer News

So episode 44 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

There was so much to talk about we imposed time allocation - 10 minutes per topic.

Breaking Making a Murderer news - a Wisconsin appeal court has just ordered a new trial in the Brendan Dassey case. Check out the full decision here and stay tuned for a full episode on this crazy decision!

This episode we take a quick look at four topics: the new Supreme Court appointment process, two recent terrorism cases, the sentencing of Toronto police officer James Forcilo for the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and the Ottawa case of Abdirahman Abdi who died while in police custody.

And these are your show notes - there could be links, cases, articles, and much much more..... but it is Friday night... so thats it!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Pokémon Go and Speedy Trials

So episode 43 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Pokémon!

Yes - there is a way to talk about Pokémon Go! on a legal podcast.  Its not just click bate. 

Emilie and I also talk about our West Wing rewatch and minimum minimum jail sentences.  We hate mandatory minimums and it turns out so did the Bartlet administration.

We save real life for last. There was a new Supreme Court of Canada decision released and its all about the constitutional right to a speedy trial. We chat about R. v. Jordan and a brief history of section 11(b) of the Charter.

It is more fun than it sounds - we even disagree a bit for once!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and Ezekiel Stephan

So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and sift through the legal and political news of the day and discuss a few topics:  Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and the Ezekiel Stephan sentencing.

The Supreme Court of Canada found that police have the power (without a warrant or any prior authorization) to take penile swabs from suspects - by force if necessary.  In our view it is a problematic decision with far reaching privacy implications.

We also discuss the case of Amanda Todd after a Dutch court ruled that a man suspected of cyberbullying the B.C. teen before she took her own life can be extradited to face trial in Canada. And by discuss I mean we totally steal the topic (and some audio) from Jesse Brown's podcast CanadaLand. 

Then we move on to the Trinity Western case. Can the Law Society of Upper Canada refuse to accredit a law school with discriminatory and homophobic policies - the Ontario Court of Appeal says YES.

Finally we wrap up our look at the Ezekiel Stephan case.  Ezekiel's parents were sentenced and one of them escaped jail - but maybe both should have.  

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Dean Strang

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So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I jumped back into Marking A Murderer and gave one of Steven Avery's lawyers Dean Strang a call.

Of course we chat about the Netflix documentary but we also talk about Dean and Jerry Buting's speaking tour, women in the legal profession, gun control, and much much more... 

Hey Ken Kratz - give us a call?

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Kim Pate

So episode 40 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I sat down for a chat about jail and justice with Kim Pate.

Kim Pate is the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She is was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her work on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated.

In short - she is awesome.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

You can also access the podcast on SoundCloud.

Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Enjoy