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The Coming Decision in R. v. Pham – Mandatory Minimums for Growing 500 or More Marijuana Plants

The Coming Decision in R. v. Pham – Mandatory Minimums for Growing 500 or More Marijuana Plants

Thursday September 1 marks the release of a decision in R. v. Pham on growing more than 500 marijuana plants, mandatory minimum sentences and the Charter. Mandatory minimum sentences often violate the Charter because of their disproportionate response to a social issue. This case is no different. 

Witness or Suspect? How the Difference Affects Police Investigations

Witness or Suspect? How the Difference Affects Police Investigations

Julian Weekes was tragically shot last week in Toronto and the police hope that witnesses will come forward. But what happens when the police interview a witness who could also be a suspect? Lines are blurred and the police may not tell the person what they need to know. The courts have spoken but right to silence needs to be more clear. Civilians are entitled to the same rights as police officers when they are investigated by the SIU. Toronto Criminal Lawyer Dan Stein explains.