Tag Archives: criminal law

What’s the difference between a indictable and summary conviction offence in Canadian law?

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, there are three types of offences: summary conviction offences, indictable offences, and those offences where the Crown may elect to proceed by summary conviction or by indictment.  For those types of Crown election offences,…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost?

 Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Should Judges Know What Sentences Cost a State?

Post by Randall Ryder In most criminal cases, the case can be divided into two parts: deciding liability and deciding the penalty. Sentencing guidelines provide judges with recommend guidelines (or some cases, mandatory sentences). The guidelines also give judges discretion in…

Trouble Brewing? Paris Hilton Arrested Again on Drug Charge

What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas. Paris Hilton was arrested on Friday evening and charged with possession of cocaine, her second drug-related charge this year. Police allegedly detected marijuana smoke and followed it to a Cadillac…

No Criminal Charges For School That Spied on Students

Federal investigators have indicated they will not file any criminal charges against a Pennsylvania school district that admitted to spying on students through their laptops. The school had admitted to taking pictures of students outside of school through the use…

California Town Considers Posting Names of Drunk Drivers Online

The community of Huntington Beach, considered a suburb of Los Angeles, is considering posting the names of suspected drivers online. The names would be listed on the website of the police department. According to a member of the police department,…

Public Defender Office Stops Taking New Cases

A public defender’s office in Missouri has closed its doors to all new cases in an effort to reduce lawyer’s workloads. The Director of the office said that the defenders in the Springfield, Missouri office simply cannot handle any more…