The Docket

The Docket

Canada

Michael Spratt discusses the intersection of the law, the courts, and government. What our government does affects you. And check out our new Making a Murderer after show series. Check out more by Michael at: www.michaelspratt.com

Episodes

Vader Verdict, Cameras in Court, and Zombie Laws  

So episode 47 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

On September 15, 2016 an Alberta judge found Travis Vader guilty of the second degree murder of retired couple Lyle and Marie MaCann.  Then the internet blew up - at least the legal corner that I live in.  The verdict was televised - a controversial rarity in Canadian courts - and on live TV the judge made a massive mistake.  

Vader was found guilty based on a criminal law that has been unconstitutional and of no force or effect for a quarter century.

This week we discuss the Vader verdict and the glaring judicial error.  We also dive into the issue of cameras in court and throw some shade at the government for leaving zombie laws on the books.

Law, Politics, and Murder - oh my!

Check out the decision here: R. Vader. Ironically the copy made available by some media outlets is missing page 126.  The page where the judge makes his mistake! So much for educating the public. Here is the missing page: 

Read this: Peter Sankoff on the Travis Vader verdict and Canada’s zombie laws, "Surely, Parliament can do more to repair our most important criminal law statute, and killing off dead clauses would be an obvious place to start."

And watch Steven Penny's full Interview with Global and Sankoff's full inter view with CBC - and yes Peter does look like a kick ass super villain.  

Be sure to read Ian Hanomansing's piece on the legal profession's irrational resistance to recording court proceedings.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Desmond Cole: Police Accountability and Abdirahman Abdi  

So episode 46 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Desmond Cole! 

The man needs no introduction - journalist, social activist, and civil rights crusader.  

Desmond Cole, author of the Toronto Life cover story “The Skin I’m In” about police discrimination against black men won the National Magazine Award's Gold medal for Best New Magazine Writer. Desmond has a bi-weekly column in the Toronto Star and a weekly radio show on News Talk 1010. And he was also the inaugural co-host CanadaLand Commons......

So in the wake of yet another high profile death of a black man at the hands of the police - this time in Ottawa - we sat down to talk with Desmond about police accountability and transparency.

In late July Abdirahman Abdi died in police custody.  According to eye witnesses Ottawa police officers beat a hand cuffed Abdi and stood by as he died face down in a pool of his own blood.  The police did not administer CPR - instead they tried to confiscate cell phones from bystanders who were taking video.

Abdi was unaramed.  

He was also black. 

Ottawa's mayor Jim Watson remaned silent for 48 hours (he was on vacation). And since then the mayor has attracted justifiable criticism for backing the police and shouting down those who demand increased police accountability and transparency.

Last week, on twitter, mayor Watson blocked Desmond Cole for this:

@HassanHusseini2 @OttawaPolice @JODYMITIC so you are judge and jury and have all the facts? Let's the independent review do its work

— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) August 25, 2016

No Jim, the police acted as judge and jury. Now you're providing cover for their crimes. #JusticeForAbdirahman https://t.co/vUcFlKHwK4

— Desmond Cole (@DesmondCole) August 25, 2016

Watson said Cole has called him name.  That was a lie.  Strangely I have called Watson names but only after he says stuff like this:

@mspratt so you agree with these outrageous & inflammatory statements? So much for innocent until proven guilty. Feel sorry for your clients

— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) August 26, 2016

So there was lots to talk about.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Senator Baker Returns  

So episode 45 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Senator Baker returns to talk about the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs' interim report: Delaying Justice is Denying Justice: An urgent need to address lengthy court delays in Canada.

There is a problem with delays in the criminal justice system. Delayed cases harm: the innocent, victims, the community, and the quality of justice - memories fade, the innocent languish in jail, and victims are denied legal closure. So ya - delays are bad.

The Senate's interim report identifies problems and more importantly looks for solutions. Senator Baker walks us through the findings.

Oh - Senator Baker also flatters me and basically volunteers to be a reference for a judicial application. But seriously there is not a more knowledgable, intelligent, passionate, and affable person than Senator Baker.

Emilie and I also talk about some other stuff too - but seriously - it is all about Baker!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Beat the Buzzer: Supreme Court, Terrorism, Police Accountability, and Breaking Making a Murderer News  

So episode 44 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

There was so much to talk about we imposed time allocation - 10 minutes per topic.

Breaking Making a Murderer news - a Wisconsin appeal court has just ordered a new trial in the Brendan Dassey case. Check out the full decision here and stay tuned for a full episode on this crazy decision!

This episode we take a quick look at four topics: the new Supreme Court appointment process, two recent terrorism cases, the sentencing of Toronto police officer James Forcilo for the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, and the Ottawa case of Abdirahman Abdi who died while in police custody.

And these are your show notes - there could be links, cases, articles, and much much more..... but it is Friday night... so thats it!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Pokémon Go and Speedy Trials  

So episode 43 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

Pokémon!

Yes - there is a way to talk about Pokémon Go! on a legal podcast.  Its not just click bate. 

Emilie and I also talk about our West Wing rewatch and minimum minimum jail sentences.  We hate mandatory minimums and it turns out so did the Bartlet administration.

We save real life for last. There was a new Supreme Court of Canada decision released and its all about the constitutional right to a speedy trial. We chat about R. v. Jordan and a brief history of section 11(b) of the Charter.

It is more fun than it sounds - we even disagree a bit for once!

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

You can also access the podcast on SoundCloud.

Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and Ezekiel Stephan  

So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and sift through the legal and political news of the day and discuss a few topics:  Penile Swabs, Cyber Bullying, Trinity Western, and the Ezekiel Stephan sentencing.

The Supreme Court of Canada found that police have the power (without a warrant or any prior authorization) to take penile swabs from suspects - by force if necessary.  In our view it is a problematic decision with far reaching privacy implications.

We also discuss the case of Amanda Todd after a Dutch court ruled that a man suspected of cyberbullying the B.C. teen before she took her own life can be extradited to face trial in Canada. And by discuss I mean we totally steal the topic (and some audio) from Jesse Brown's podcast CanadaLand. 

Then we move on to the Trinity Western case. Can the Law Society of Upper Canada refuse to accredit a law school with discriminatory and homophobic policies - the Ontario Court of Appeal says YES.

Finally we wrap up our look at the Ezekiel Stephan case.  Ezekiel's parents were sentenced and one of them escaped jail - but maybe both should have.  

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Dean Strang  

So episode 41 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I jumped back into Marking A Murderer and gave one of Steven Avery's lawyers Dean Strang a call.

Of course we chat about the Netflix documentary but we also talk about Dean and Jerry Buting's speaking tour, women in the legal profession, gun control, and much much more... 

Hey Ken Kratz - give us a call?

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Kim Pate  

So episode 40 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I sat down for a chat about jail and justice with Kim Pate.

Kim Pate is the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She is was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her work on behalf of women who are marginalized, victimized or incarcerated.

In short - she is awesome.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Making a Murderer Road Trip  

So episode 39 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

A bit of a short but special episode this week. I was invited to moderate to Toronto stop of Dean Strang and Jerry Buting's speaking tour - A Conversation on Justice.

Ya - that Stang and Buting - from the super popular Nexflix Documentary Making A Murderer.  

So Emilie and I ditched the kids and hopped a train to Toronto for the weekend.  It was a fantastic weekend: a crazy hotel upgrade, a packed Sony theatre, a good conversation, and a promise from Strang to do what Buting did earlier this year - come on the podcast!

Emilie and I break down the weekend and share a couple audio clips we smuggled out of the Sony theatre.










We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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The Last Two Weeks and Medical Assistance in Dying  

So episode 38 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I catch up on the last two weeks.  She was in China and I kept the kids alive. I also wrote an open letter to Ottawa's Chief of Police about some shocking behaviour by the local cops and then wrote about issues I had with a report on major problems at the Ottawa jail. 

But then we dive into the really important and complex issue of medical assistance in dying, the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Carter, and the government's legislative response - bill C-14.

There are some real problems with the Liberal's new bill.  The Alberta Court of Appeal and the Ontario Superior Court both indirectly questioned the constitutionality of bill C-14.  The legislation is now before the Senate and Emilie and I reflect on the first day of testimony - including some serious questions raised by constitutional scholar Peter Hogg.  

So we sort of nerd out a bit.... Fun.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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Animal Justice with Nathaniel Erskine-Smith  

So episode 37 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I were joined by Liberal MP for Beaches—East York Nathaniel Erskine-Smith to talk about his private members bill designed to reform some of Canada's animal cruelty laws.

Of course we also could not resist talking about marijuana and a couple other justice issues.   

Erskine-Smith has a law degree and a masters in political philosophy and constitutional law. He has worked at litigation firms and has volunteered for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He has been an outspoken critic of his own party's drug policy and has raised concerns about the Liberal's assisted-dying legislation.  

There has been some misleading criticism of Erskine-Smith's animal justice bill - including by the Liberal parliamentry secretary to the Minister of Justice Bill Blair. So it is great to bring some logic to the discussion.  

Justice parlsec Bill Blair currently delivering the most ill-prepared response to a private members' bill in recent memory,

— kady o'malley (@kady) May 9, 2016

Check out Erskine-Smith's bill here: Modernizing Animal Protections Act

And check out this great video blog by friend of the podcast Peter Sankoff that destroys the critic's arguments: Focusing on Bill C-246 - Reforming the Animal Cruelty Provisions of the Code

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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A Miscarriage of Justice, The Necessities of Life, and Peter MacKay  

So episode 35 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right?

This week Emilie and I dive into two cases and then take aim at former Justice Minister Peter MacKay.

First

After almost two and a half years in jail Connie Oakes is a free woman. Last month the Alberta Court of Appeal over turned Oakes' conviction and the Crown declined to re-prosocute. The case bears some similarities to the convictions documented in Making a Murderer - tunnel vision, questionable confessions, and lives destroyed.  

Second

On April 26th David Stephan and Collet were convicted of failing to provided the necessities of life in the death of their 19-month-old son Ezekiel. How far can the criminal law stretch into parenting and what sentence might the Alberta couple receive.

Last

Peter MacKay defended the Conservative government's tough on crime legacy and wrote some other dumb stuff in a National Post op-ed.  Emilie and I talk about it and throw up a little in our mouths.....

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Duffy Not Guilty!  

So episode 35 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

This week Emilie and I almost made it through the whole Duffy decisions - almost.

Spoiler alert - Mike Duffy was found not guilty of all charges last week. The decision was long, and a bit confusing, and really long.

So we dragged back peter Sankoff - star of episode 14 - to talk about the 'ol Duff and help us understand what happened

Peter Sankoff is a Professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law.  He concentrates his teaching and research on legal issues surrounding the criminal trial process.

Peter worked as a law clerk for Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1996-97.  He went on to work as Counsel in the Deparment of Justice (Human Rights Law Section) for two years before leaving Canada ....

Instead of shamelessness copying and pasting any more of Peter's extensive bio I will just post some links.

Visit Sankoff's webpage at petersankoff.com and follow the links to check out all of his work and thoughts on the Duffy trial.

Peter's comprehensive paper The Worst $90,000 Ever Spent: 10 Questions About Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, the Criminal Code and the Canadian Criminal Justice System.

And the follow-up: Still The Worst $90,000 Ever Spent: 10 More Questions About Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, the Criminal Code and the Canadian Criminal Justice System

And check out the full Duffy decision: R. v. Duffy, 2016 ONCJ 220

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Louise Arbour on the United Nations Special Assembly Drugs  

So episode 34 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

This week Emilie and I phoned it in - we called former Supreme Court Judge and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour to talk about last weeks United Nations General Assembly Special session on the drug problem.

Canada will legalize marijuana in 2017 but there may be some problems with our international obligations. What are the road blocks and what went down last week at the UN - i guess you gotta listen to find out.  

Oh - you will also find out one of my top ten fears.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Supervised Injection Sites and The Latest Supreme Court Decision  

So episode 33 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

This week we talked with Rob Boyd director of the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre's Oasis program.

The Sandy Hill Community Health Centre provides medical and social services for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C, and who encounter barriers to services because they use street drugs, have a mental illness, are homeless or are involved in the sex trade. 

The Centre is also in the process of conducting community consultations in support of an application to operate a supervised injection site in Ottawa.  As you may expect there has been some controversy about the proposed injection site - but Rob breaks it down and makes a very compelling case.

Programming note... So.... something happened with the audio of the last 10 minutes of our interview with Rob. Not sure what - maybe when the Mail Chip money starts rolling in we can do better.

We also chat about the latest Supreme Court case striking down another Conservative minimum sentencing law for drug trafficking.  Yep - another cruel and unusual law bites the dust.

Here are some links:

The Supreme Court's decision in the Insite case: Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community

Bill C-2: Respect for Communities Act

My testimony at the Senate on the Conservatives' supervised injection site law: Respect for Communities Act

The Supreme Court's most recent decision striking down drug minimum sentences: R. v. Lloyd

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Shower Jails and Blushing Over Privacy  

So episode 32 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

So this week on the opening day of the major league baseball season we recorded a podcast.

We ask what the hell is happening at the Dickensian hell scape otherwise known at the Ottawa Jail? Prisoners locked in the shower, women inmates spending 22 hours in solitary because the is no room anywhere else, oh and a guy died there too.  Seriously it is bad.

Then we stumble about talking about digital privacy. On a recent re-watch of The West Wing we were struck by a 15 year old speech about privacy by Rob Lowe's character Sam Seaborne - so we talk about how not far we have come since then.

Check out Andrew Seymour's excellent reporting on the Ottawa Jail here, here, and here.

For more on privacy here is some stuff I have written:

iPolitics: November 2013: C-13: A digital Trojan horse for the surveillance state

iPolitics: January 2015: You thought your phone was private. You were wrong.

And here is a link to my testimony on bill C-13 and C-51:

Bill C-13: An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (House 2014)

Bill C-13:  An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Senate 2014)

Bill C-51: An Act to enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to amend the Criminal Code, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts (Senate 2015)

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Rap, Bail, and Power  

So episode 31 - a new new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? Seriously you should - it moves us up the iTunes rankings which.... well does nothing really.

This week we talk about the prejudicial impact of admitting rap lyrics in court.  It seems to happen too often in Canada. Why?  

Check out Windsor law professor David Tanovich's paper: R v Campbell: Rethinking the Admissibility of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Cases.

And then on to bail. An Ottawa Justice of the Peace wrote a scathing indictment of Canada's bail system.  In her words - its a disgrace. It may be true but was it appropriate.

Then I tell a story.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

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Women in Criminal Law, Jail Conditions, and More Pot  

So episode 30 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? 

Women in the Law

This week we dive into the Criminal Lawyers' Associations report on the unique problems faced by women who practice criminal law.

You can also check out Emilie on the CBC documentary The Motherload for more on the challenges faced by working women.

Jail Conditions

Nothing is more depressing than the state of Canada's jails - so why not talk about it.  This week the Office of the Correctional Investigator published their annual report.  It was not good - not good at all.

More Marijuana

Last week a British Columbia court struct down the minimum sentences that apply growing more than 6 pot plants.  Not a surprising decision but a reminder that we still have bad laws on the books.  Even more surprising is that our current Prime Minister - Justin Trudeau - voted for the law in 2009.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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The Docket: Pot, Sex, and Open Ice Holes  

Look at this - we can talk about something other than Making A Murderer.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show on iTunes and have already rated and reviewed the podcast- right? How can you resist listening to us talk about marijuana, sex, and open ice holes?

Marijuana

There are lots of questions about the new Liberal government's position on pot. Yes we know - they are going to get to work legalizing it 'right away' - but right away may be longer than you think. And what happens in the mean time? The Liberal pot car - Bill Blair - acknowledges that over 22,000 people were arrested in 2014 over small amounts of pot and that a disproportionate number of these people were visible minorities and that prosecuting pot is expensive and that criminal records are of pot are harmful - but he refuses to take any action to mitigate these wrongs.

Ugh.

Check out Louise Arbour powerful marijuana dissent in 2003 Supreme Court case of R. v. Malmo-Levine

Sex

We also talk about the insane history of the criminalization of homosexuality in Canada and one very tragic case.

Check out John Ibbitsons's heart breaking story: The long, late redemption of a Canadian punished for being gay in the 1960s (subscription required)

For more on the story see the non-subscription required articles: Trudeau to urge pardon for gay man deemed a dangerous sex offender in 1960s and Liberals’ gay-pardon decision applauded but obstacles still exist

Hand-Cuffs

Presumption of innocence much?  We review a judges decision to blast the RCMP for shacking a woman in court: Judge writes on 'culture of fear' in Canadian court after questioning why 120-pound woman was shackled

Read the court's judgement here: R. v Kalleo

Open Ice Holes

And finally we stole an idea from the CBC's 180 and talk about some of the insane criminal laws on the books in Canada - keep your ice hole covered,  don't steal oysters, and put away your comic books.

Seriously?!? 

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

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Making A Murderer After Show - Episode 10  

Holy crap we did it - all ten episodes of Making A Murderer reviewed and dissected in nerdish detail - but there is still time for you to do the morally right thing - download all our episodes and subscribe on iTunes.

But you have already done that and rated and reviewed the show - right? 

So, this is the end for now - Making a Murderer Season 2 anyone? 

Steven Avery may have found a new girlfriend but he has exhausted all his avenues of appeal and is now acting as his own lawyer.

Brendan Dassey's case has moved to Federal Court where his awesome new lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin appear ready decimate the State on appeal.

Oh and Ken Kratz is a sex addict.

And with that we are done with the episode by episode Making A Murderer review - there will be more.  You have not heard the last from Emilie Taman and Michael Spratt.

We also have some new art - it is still new because it is way easier to just copy and past this section each week - from an awesome young designer Parker Mazerolle - serious he is crazy good - go check out his work.

Subscribe to The Docket on iTunes to get the latest episode pumped straight into your earbuds. If you like the show your subscriptions, comments and ratings really help us (so do that and then do it on your friends computer too) - Click Here

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Emilie Taman on Twitter: @EmilieTaman

Michael Spratt on Twitter: @mspratt

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