Saturday, February 22, 2020

Halifax billionaire represents self in small claims action, loses $2,572

HALIFAX - Billionaire John Risley, one of Canada's richest people and a leading philanthropist, represented himself in small claims court over a $3,000 claim from a tradesman — and mostly lost. (Halifax Today)
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Judge rules in favour of Khadr’s request to end sentence

EDMONTON - Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Mary Moreau made the ruling Monday morning in Edmonton, as family and supporters of Khadr cried and hugged each other when the decision was read out. Khadr was seeking the 3-1/2 years remaining on his 2010 youth sentence to be reduced to one day as he awaits a decision in his U.S. appeal. (Edmonton Journal)

North Vancouver woman showed up drunk at court to face drunk driving charges

A North Vancouver woman who drove drunk to her court hearing on drunk driving charges has been handed a three-year driving ban and a $2,000 fine. Deborah Gail Reynolds was handed the sentence by Judge Bryce Dyer after Reynolds pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to having a blood alcohol level over .08 within two hours of driving. (Castanet.net)

Michael Cohen to plead guilty to lying during Russia probe

NEW YORK - President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to plead guilty Thursday morning for lying during the investigation into Russian collusion. (New York Post)

Killer of Calgary mom, daughter sentenced to 50 years in prison before parole eligibility

CALGARY - Double-murderer Edward Downey must serve a minimum 50 years behind bars for the slayings of a Calgary mom and her young daughter, a judge ruled Tuesday. Justice Beth Hughes agreed with Crown prosecutor Carla MacPhail that Downey’s conduct called for consecutive periods of parole ineligibility on two counts of first-degree murder. (Calgary Herald)

Man acquitted after judge throws out police seizure of 27,000 fentanyl pills

VANCOUVER - A man has been acquitted after the police seizure of 27,500 fentanyl pills in a van was thrown out of court due a violation of the accused’s Charter rights. (Edmonton Sun)

Florida gun owner who claimed self defence convicted in ‘Stand your ground’ case

In a case that brought national attention to Florida’s  "Stand Your Ground" gun law, a jury on Friday night convicted a licensed gun owner on manslaughter charges after deliberating for six hours following a weeklong trial. (Fox News)

High-risk sex offender who posed as cop, firefighter now living in Surrey

VANCOUVER - A high-risk sex offender with an extensive criminal history of sexual assault is living in Surrey. Jeffrey Goddard has a pattern of sexual offences against women and minors of both sexes, according to the Ministry of Justice. (CTV News)

Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

CHICAGO - Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. (CTV)
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