Weekly criminal law update – June 21, 2022

Thank you again to the kind Ontario lawyer who recently reached out to me for assistance. I’ve since completed the project, and understand that he is very satisfied with the result. I continue to look for contract or freelance work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in …

Innocence is not a myth – Shakespeare, wrongful convictions and R v BEM, 2022 ABCA 207

I read a recent ABCA case of a conviction appeal dismissed that illustrates for me the extent of the quagmire that is sexual assault law in Canada. The decision is indexed as R v BEM, 2022 ABCA 207. The majority decision is by Schutz and Slatter JJ.A., with a partial dissent by Veldhuis JA (on …

Weekly criminal law update – June 12, 2022

Thank you to the kind Ontario lawyer who recently reached out to me for assistance. I continue to look for contract or freelance work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in written, oral and appellate advocacy. If you can use my services, please email me at efrayim@moldofskylaw.ca. …

Weekly criminal law update – June 7, 2022

I am looking for contract or freelance work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in written, oral and appellate advocacy. If you can use my services, please email me at efrayim@moldofskylaw.ca. To subscribe to the mailing list (link). Murder conviction overturned due to “reasonable apprehension of bias” …

Weekly criminal law update – May 31, 2022

I am looking for contract or freelance work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in written, oral and appellate advocacy. If you can use my services, please email me at efrayim@moldofskylaw.ca. To subscribe to the mailing list (link). Check out my latest blog posts: Trauma and memory …

Trauma and memory

Since I’m no brain scientist, I thought I’d crack open a textbook (crowns believe in textbooks, right?). I had a look at Witness Testimony – Anthony Heaton-Armstrong; Eric Shepherd; Gisli Gudjonsson; David Wolchover – Oxford University Press (oup.com) – 2006 (thank goodness for a solid Calgary law library). While skimming the book, I was looking …

Weekly criminal law update – May 23, 2022

I am looking for contract or freelance work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in written, oral and appellate advocacy. If you can use my services, please email me at efrayim@moldofskylaw.ca. To subscribe to the mailing list (link). Check out my latest blog posts: Surprisingly Human: How …

Surprisingly Human: How Judges Think, by R. Posner

I recently read Richard Posner’s excellent 2010 book, How Judges Think. He pulls back the curtain on judicial thinking, clarifying a topic seldom discussed or understood. He puts the lie to the commonly held perception that judges’ reasoning is (for the most part) Divinely inspired. He reinforces Justice Berger’s somehow-controversial comments in R. v. Gashikanyi, …

Weekly criminal law update – May 15, 2022

I am looking for contract work, given that Legal Aid Alberta unreasonably refuses to work with me. My strengths are in written and appellate advocacy. If you can use my services, please email me at efrayim@moldofskylaw.ca. To subscribe to the mailing list (link). Check out my latest blog post on the fiasco that is Legal …

The train wreck that is Legal Aid Alberta

I have lots to say about Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) and its funders. They’ve slashed their budget drastically the last few years – with an extreme, detrimental impact on both the public and the lawyers who depend on it for their livelihoods. Given their very tight budget (and drastic reductions in funding from Alberta’s provincial …