New Houses, Strange Cases, and Victim Fines

October 24, 2016

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.

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