Media Literacy and Criminal Law

January 24, 2021

So, episode 115 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

We are trying a new format over here at the Taman/Spratt studios – a shorter podcast in your feed every two weeks – like clockwork! So on to the show…

There is bad reporting and then there is the MacLeans Magazine piece on the Sullivan and Chan case about the defence of self induced intoxication.

After the Ontario Court of Appeal found the Criminal Code’s prohibition on the defence of extreme intoxication unconstitutional there was lots of misinformation and poor reporting, with some going as far as calling it a get-out-of-jail-free card for rapists.

We discussed the legal issues way back on episode 108.

And then MacLeans tried to take a deep dive into those complex constitutional, legal, and political waters. It was a belly flop.

So, this episode we set the record straight and beg reporters to give us a call before your work hits the printing press.

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