Thursday, October 17, 2019

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)

NYPD officer hired hit man to kill her husband, young girl: court documents

NEW YORK - Isaiah Carvalho Jr. woke up Friday hopeful that his life was about to turn a corner. Instead, he was told that his estranged wife, a New York City police officer, had been plotting to kill him all winter. (National Post)

‘Slave master’ recounts horrifying details of relationship with Nxivm lader

NEW YORK - A top Nxivm “slave master” recounted on Friday her 17-year relationship with leader Keith Raniere — and how he manipulated her with sex and empty promises of having children together. (New York Post)

Supreme Court Justice attributes disappearance to depression, anxiety

OTTAWA - Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon says that his sudden disappearance last week, which triggered a police search, was the result of a long battle with depression and anxiety and a recent change in medication. (CBC)

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)

In an inspired performance, Norman lawyer Marie Heinein did incalculable damage to the Liberal brand

You see the phrase ‘political performance’ a lot in this business. But the truth is, most politicians, even good ones, can’t perform worth a damn. They’re hams, most of them, by necessity. In politics, nuance doesn’t sell. (National Post)

Drug company founder convicted of bribing doctors with money, strippers to sell fentanyl

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions of dollars in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. (CBC)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for jumping U.K. bail

LONDON - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison on Wednesday for jumping bail in Great Britain in 2012. Judge Deborah Taylor said Wednesday that Assange merited near the maximum sentence of one year because of the seriousness of his offence. (CBC)

‘You have to cooperate’: judge gives accused in U-Haul attack last chance to get lawyer

The man accused of attacking a police officer with a knife and mowing down pedestrians along Jasper Avenue in a truck has been given one more week to find legal representation or have counsel appointed heading into a four-month jury trial. (Edmonton Journal)

Ford government’s legal challenge against carbon tax in court today

TORONTO - Ontario's legal battle against the federal Liberal government's controversial carbon tax is expected to be heard Monday in the province's top court.  Premier Doug Ford's government will make its case in the Court of Appeal for Ontario this morning to a five-judge panel. (CBC)

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