Revisiting R v. S. (R.D.), 1997: A Case About a Black Judge on “Trial” for Acquitting a Black Boy

“It wasn’t that long ago in Canada when our justice system put a Black judge on trial for acquitting a Black boy of allegedly running his bike into an officer’s leg – her offence? Speaking truth to power by stating that sometimes police over-react when dealing with Black youth.” – Professor David Tanovich @dtanovich  In R … Continue reading Revisiting R v. S. (R.D.), 1997: A Case About a Black Judge on “Trial” for Acquitting a Black Boy

Show me the Evidence: Judicial Speculation Gone Wrong

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently released R v MacIsaac, 2015 ONCA 587. Justice Hourigan writing for the Court of Appeal ordered a new criminal trial, stating that hockey strategy was not a proper subject for judicial notice (a rule of evidence that allows a fact to be introduced into evidence based on being so … Continue reading Show me the Evidence: Judicial Speculation Gone Wrong