Spider-Man’s Cell Phone

  • October 14, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

“It was incredibly fast,” Cst Mike Laporte told jurors at the trial of Shawn Vassel for gunning down Husam Degheim in a movie theatre parking lot in Mississauga, Ontario. Cst Laporte was describing Vassel’s attempt to elude the police by…

Sentencing Dial-A-Dopers In Alberta

  • September 28, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

For over thirty-five years the guideline sentence in Alberta for drug trafficking has been three years imprisonment. Speaking for a unanimous panel of the Alberta Court of Appeal in R v Maskell, 1981 ABCA 50 Justice Arnold F. Moir held,…

British Spy Agency Violated Human Rights

  • September 14, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On September 13, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) released the judgment in Big Brother Watch and Others v The United Kingdom (Applications nos. 58170/13, 62322/14 and 24960/15). The case concerned the bulk interception of electronic communications by…


  • August 30, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On April 20, 2018, Toronto criminal lawyers Emily Lam and Samara Secter filed the appellant’s factum in the Supreme Court of Canada in a case styled as Tom Le v The Queen, Court File No. 37971. The factum is anchored…

Crossing The Borderline

  • August 16, 2018
  • Clayton Rice, Q.C.

On July 18, 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a joint Brief of Amici Curiae in United States v Donald Wanjiku, Case No 18-1973, before¬†the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, in Chicago,…

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