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Judge finds man who admitted taking videos of students not guilty

The evidence presented at trial plays an important role in whether an accused is deemed innocent or guilty. Once presented, a judge or jury will determine whether it supports the charges. Recently, a Superior Court Justice acquitted a former secondary school teacher of voyeurism after he was caught making videos of a total of 27 female students.

The issues at trial were first, if, while at school, a student had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Second, whether the man took the images for a sexual purpose. The images, which were taken with a pen camera, captured the upper bodies—including the cleavage and chest areas—as well as the faces of the young women. The man admitted to taking the videos which had not been enhanced in any way.

Building a defence may be difficult after long passage of time

Do you remember what you were doing in 1990? Many people probably do not and would agree that was a long time ago. This was likely the case for a 61-year-old Toronto man who was recently arrested and charged with first-degree murder. The man is accused of stabbing a 38-year-old man to death in 1990, in the course of a robbery, while the deceased worked at a gas bar. 

Drunk driving arrests up in GTA

Throughout the province of Ontario law enforcement officers are on the lookout for drunk drivers. When someone is suspected of engaging in engaging in the activity they may be pulled over and arrested. According to a sergeant with the OPP, this year the number of impaired driving-related charges is up. Throughout the Greater Toronto Area this year, there have been approximately 17 percent more arrests.

This number was likely bolstered by the arrests made over Thanksgiving weekend. In the course of Operation Impact, the safety initiative in place over that weekend, the OPP said it arrested a total of 83 people for impaired driving.

Domestic violence policy of MLB slated to be tested

In an earlier post we wrote about how some professional athletes could face consequences for domestic violence allegations, above and beyond what the criminal justice system pursues. Depending on the situation, the outcome may be worse than what they would face in conjunction with any criminal charges that might be levied. One of the professional sports leagues that most recently announced its domestic violence policy is Major League Baseball. That policy is slated to be tested with the recent arrest of Jose Reyes.

Recordings of interactions with police may be helpful at trial

The fact that many Greater Toronto Area residents routinely have smartphones with cameras on them at any given time, has made it easy for people to regularly take pictures and videos of themselves, their friends and their surroundings. It has also led to an increase in the number of encounters with law enforcement that are recorded.

Earlier this fall a man recording one such incident says two police officers did what they could to prevent him from capturing the incident. Among other things they allegedly used their hands a heads to block the camera and questioned why he was recording the incident since those involved were only involved in a conversation. The suspects were ultimately arrested.

Ontario Liberals want to stop carding

This past summer we wrote a post about civil rights activists in Toronto who were seeking to end the practice of carding. Carding is a way that law enforcement can gather information that is then stored in a secret database indefinitely, for future use. According to critics, the activity is often used as a way to target individuals from ethnic minorities.

In that earlier post we indicated the activists were hoping that several changes would transpire. The first is that police officers would inform those detained that the stop is optional. Next, that the database of information collected in the course of carding be purged. Last, that officers be required to provide their name and badge number as well as the information recorded, to the person who is being carded.

Transit driver arrested for drunk driving while working

Communities throughout Canada take alleged drunk driving seriously. Accordingly, there are laws in place that may result in harsh penalties for a conviction. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest, there are other consequences that could arise as well. A woman recently arrested for allegedly driving drunk while working may find that she is facing collateral consequences.

The woman, who is employed as a transit driver, was driving a bus full of 14 passengers when she was involved in a crash. According to authorities the incident occurred when she tried to change lanes and struck a vehicle in the lane next to her. Following the accident, a police officer indicated he found open liquor that she could reach from her seat.

Criminal defence lawyer may be of assistance after conviction

There is no question that if someone is accused of committing a crime it is best to take action as soon as possible to either prevent the Crown from bringing charges or try to have any pending charges dismissed. When this is not possible building a strong defence at trial can lead to a not guilty verdict. Even when someone is found guilty of committing a crime it is possible a criminal defence lawyer could be of assistance. The Toronto man known as the “vendetta bomber” recently experienced relief after the several convictions against him were thrown out on appeal.

Sexting teens could be breaking the law

Young love causes teens throughout Canada to engage in activities they might not otherwise engage in. Teenagers in Ontario are not different. With cellphones equipped with cameras standard equipment for those who fall into this age range, it should not be surprising that sexting—sending photos that are nude or semi-nude to each other—is an activity that at least some teens engage in.  It is likely that most who engaging the activity are not aware that they could be breaking the law.

Registering with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry

In our last post we wrote about sex crime charges an Ontario teacher is currently facing. In that post we mentioned that one of the penalties that man might face is registering as a sex offender. While many readers may be vaguely acquainted with what it entails, its specifics are probably not widely known by most, including those who could face registration. In this post we will provide some information about the sex offender registration in Ontario.