Saturday, January 28, 2023

What’s at stake for RCMP, prosecutors in SNC Lavelin case

The political storm over SNC-Lavalin has sparked important debate over alleged political interference in Canada's justice system and what to do about a huge Canadian company that could fail if convicted of foreign bribery. (CBC)

Driver who mowed down woman gets 7 years

TORONTO - What a horrible waste of two young lives. Brilliant University of Toronto student Emma Leckey is dead and Rylan Balappa-Lawes, the young drunk driver who mowed her down, is sentenced to seven years in prison. (Toronto Sun)

Secret hearing for Crown appeal of Jamie Bacon murder trial stay

Two years after a judge stayed a murder charge against Jamie Bacon, the Crown’s appeal got underway in a secret hearing before B.C.’s highest court on Monday. (The Province)

‘Spontaneous kiss’: Convicted VPD detective appeals sentence

VANCOUVER - A lawyer for former Vancouver police Det. Jim Fisher has objected to a judge handing the veteran cop eight months in jail for a single “spontaneous” kiss of a vulnerable crime victim. (The Province)

Hells Angels lose bid to derail clubhouse forfeiture

VANCOUVER - The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and seven members have failed to have the province’s attempt to seize three of their clubhouses thrown out of court. (The Province)

Ex-NXIVM member: Keith Raniere tried to ‘break’ female ‘slaves’ in alleged sex cult

NEW YORK - Several female members of an alleged New York-based sex cult, including Smallville actor Allison Mack, became dangerously thin after following near-starvation diets at the direction of the group’s leader, a 12-year veteran of the group testified on Monday. (Global News)

Driver pleads guilty to 29 counts in Humboldt Broncos crash case

MELFORT, Sask. - Scott Thomas was sitting nearby in the courtroom Tuesday when a truck driver pleaded guilty to every charge against him in a highway crash that killed 16 people on a junior hockey bus and left 13 players forever scarred by the disaster. (CTV News)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the unrelenting trailblazer for gender equality and the second-ever woman appointed to the high court, died Friday night. She was 87. (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)
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Michael Avenatti charged with trying to extort $20 million out of Nike

NEW YORK - Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with what prosecutors said was an attempt to “shake down” Nike Inc for over $20 million. (Reuters)

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