No Warrant, No Text Messages

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So episode 69 - 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.

Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

Emilie and I take a depot dive into two new Supreme Court of Canada cases about text messages. In a majority decision, authored by Chief Justice McLachlin, the Court ruled that individuals have a privacy interest in the text messages they send - even if those messages are found on someone else phone.

And in a companion case the court clarified who can bring a privacy claim for text messages stored by telecommunication companies - hint: that person is you if the prosecution says you sent them. But the police don't need the more stringent wiretap authorization to get those stored message.

But before we do that we take a slightly detour to talk about Jagmeet Singh's "rookie blunder" of taking a principled stand on drug decriminalization. We don't think it is a blunder to do the right thing - no matter how unpopular. We also take a looks at hypocrites getting into the legal marijuana business. And I cop to an embarrassing inappropriate gavel admission.

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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Who is that new Supreme Court Judge?

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So episode 68 - 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.

Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

A special guest! Ian Bushfield - the Executive Director of the @BCHumanist@bccla board member, and the left half of @PolitiCoastPod - returns to talk about the Supreme Court. 

But we start with the important stuff - a deep dive into the red hot debate about the best Canadian TV show of all time. And I have an epiphany about Danger Bay.

Then we dive into some law an politics. Justin Trudeau announced his new pick for the Supreme Court - Sheilah Martin. We give the honest of hot takes on the new appointment.

We also take a look at the government's historic apology for past LGBTQ2 discrimination and ask why is legislation that would repeal zombie laws - including some of the discriminatory and unconstitutional offences that were used against LGBTQ2 communities - stalled at first reading?

Then we take a look look at some other legislation that seems to be stalled. As the Supreme Court is set to hear a constitutional challenged to the Conservative victim fine surcharge legislation the current government seems content to let their legislative fix languish at fist reading. 

We also take a quick look at the Bill Morneau debacle, why we need a law reform commission, and as usual talk about pot and pardons. 

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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A Renowned Lawyer

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So episode 67 - 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.

Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

Cannabis legislation is being debated on Parliament Hill. One MP called me a renowned lawyer and one MP said marijuana was as dangerous as fentanyl. At lest one of those MP is batshit crazy. Yes, Peter Kent claimed that by legalizing marijuana we might as well as be force feeding our kids fentanyl - well that was the gist of it. So we make some fun of him.

We also update the tragic Ezekiel Stephan case. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld Ezekiel's  parents conviction for their role in his death. We looked at the case way back on episode 41 and we will likely do it all again because this thing is headed to the Supreme Court.   

I also tell Emilie a long story about the worse courthouse in Ontario - welcome to Smiths Falls.

And then we talk about mental health in the justice system. The House of Commons Justice Committee is looking at the mental health of jurors. Ontario took action last year. But we need to do more for everyone in our courts.  We don't talk about mental health enough but maybe that is changing.

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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You Are Tearing Me Apart Lisa!

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So episode 66 - 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.

Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing. And holy hell this was a good episode.

We kick off the episode looking at the recent litigation in Toronto involving the best worse movie ever made - The Room. Tommy Wiseau tried to block the release of the documentary Room Full of Spoons. His performance in court was about as good as it was in his movie and the judgement is hilarious.

Then we take a look at the tale of two police interviews. One was cut short because of excessive farting and one was thrown out of court for the oppressive lack of bathroom breaks. And then something more serious. Charges were dropped against a number of police officers accused of obstructing justice, planting evidence, and lying in court. It seems the officer's own police force so badly botched the disclosure of evidence to the Crown that the trial would have had to be delayed. And in an unprecedented move the Crown conceded the resulting delay would have been unconstitutional - in the absence of any defence application or court ruling. Wow.

But then onto the main act. We are joined by Vancouver based immigration and criminal lawyer Peter Edelmann. He took a break from his preparation for the next day's Supreme Court hearing to chat with us. We talk about his case, immigration policy, and criminal law. Peter also is the host of the immigration podcast Boarder Lines - so you should go listen to that too. 

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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Sexual Assault Myths and Ontario's New Bail Policy

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So episode 64 - 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.

The conversation about the justice system and sexual assaults has become a polarizing topic. But it should not be. It is possible to believe and support victims without throwing away the fundamental principles of our justice system. But it is a hard conversation.

Court cases like the latest debacle from Ottawa's Superior Court of Justice don't help. The case is simply called R. v. H.E - a husband raped his wife. He was acquitted. The judge got it wrong (and will be reversed on appeal). But this case does not prove that the law is broken - it proves that judges make mistakes. 

These conversations are hard - but they are necessary.

But before diving into sexual assault myths we talk about Ontario's new bail policy. It can be summed up as follows: "Hey Crown Attorneys - Follow the fucking law". Make no mistake this is a major development and a rebuke of Crown practices - but don't pretend it is the final fix or some progressive unicorn. It's not. So we tear it apart.

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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Drunk Canoeing and other Stupid laws, Who is the best judge ever, and R. v Suter: with "friend" of the podcast Peter Sankoff

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So episode 64 - 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.

Good friend of the podcast Peter Sankoff makes a triumphant return to the podcast studio.

Peter was in town making arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the very interesting case of R. v. Suter. You will want to follow this case - vigilant kidnapping, revenge thumb amputation, and some very poor advice from a lawyer.

We also talk about the most Canadian crime ever - Drunk Canoeing. Yes it is a crime. It should not be but it is. 

Speaking of pointless Criminal Code amendments, a Conservative wants to amend the Criminal Code to make theft of firefighting equipment illegal - the problem is that it is already a crime.

Then we debate who is the best judge ever.

Check out more of Peter Sankoff's work, videos, and writing at www.petersankoff.com

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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Opioids and Harm Prevention with Leila Attar

So episode 63 - 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 drug problem but it is a problem of policy. The war on drugs has failed and the results are laid bare in our court, hospitals, and morgues. People are dying. This is not new but is seems that the general public has finally starting to engage in a rational conversation about drugs and how we can help prevent harm.

One of the reasons we are finally able to have a rational conversations about drug policy is because of the advocacy of people like Leila Attar.

Attar has her own personal story and lived experience with overdoses but she is much more than that.  She travelled across Canada this summer talking to parents, health professionals, and politicians about drugs, recovery, and harm reduction. She is a volunteer with Ottawa's first pop-up safe consumption site organized by Overdose Prevention Ottawa. She is a powerful advocate and a necessary rational voice for sensible drug policy.

Trust me, you will want to listen to this one.

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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Marijuana legalization and Back to School Advice

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So episode 62 - 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.

Its back to school and we offer our advice to new law students - but it really applies to just about every one.  The short version - Don't be a dick.

But before we tell you how to succeed in school we break down the Liberals' marijuana legislation - Bill C-45.

There is some promise in Bill C-45 but there are also serious flaws and room for improvement.

The Legalization bill does not go far enough in removing marijuana from the Criminal Code and this failing diminishes the bill’s potentially positive results. Bill C-45 is an unnecessary complex piece of legislation that leaves intact the criminalization of marijuana in many circumstances.

Canadian drug policy and legislation is in need of reform. The war on drugs has been a complete and abject failure. The social and financial cost of marijuana (and all drug) criminalization outweighs any illusory benefit. Every year, scores of young men and women are killed over relatively small amounts of marijuana — killed because marijuana is illegal, making it the focus of a vastly profitable and violent black market.

Bill C-45 may limit, but it does not end this problem.

Even worse Bill C-45 continues marijuana criminalization in many circumstances and imposes unreasonable penalties on a relatively low-risk vice. In the real world, a drug record means limited employment opportunities, travel difficulties, and many other devastating collateral consequences.

So there are big issues - head over to the blog at michaelspratt.com to read 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.

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Trinity Western University and the Supreme Court

So episode 61 - 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 episode we are joined by Ian Bishfield - Executive Director of the @BCHumanist@bccla board member, and the left half of @PolitiCoastPod

First we nerd out about British Columbia politics and then we talk about the strange case of Trinity Western University and the Supreme Court of Canada.  

We talked about the Ontario Court of Appeal's decision a few months ago - 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. 

But controversy erupted before the Supreme Court heard any arguments when Justice Wagner denied intervenor status to groups representing the LGBTQ perspective (Wagner gave the thumbs up to religious groups). The the chief justice reversed his decision, and then the Supreme Court issued a press release, and then Wagner spilled his guts to the Globe and Mail.

It was a rather strange affair and perhaps a rare glimpse into some politics at Canada's highest court.

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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Erin O'Toole on Omar Khadr

So episode 60 - 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.

First thing first.  Go back and listed to episode 59 for your Omar Khadr primer.  

Conservative member of parliament Erin O'Toole was one person who listened and he had some stuff to say about the episode.  So we invited him on the podcast to discuss it.

O'Toole has been one of the Conservatives' lead critics of Justin Trudeau's 10.5 million dollar settlement with the polarizing Khadr.  O'Toole is also a fellow Dalhousie law school grad and a pretty smart guy. So we jump into the legal weeds on this one and break out some Latin maxims and Supreme Court of Canada case law.

Interesting debates are never easy. So put on your thinking caps and buckle up.

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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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

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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.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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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

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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.

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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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

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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.

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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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

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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