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James Morton

Nunavut/Ontario Lawyer, Law Professor and Part Time Politico

James Morton is a lawyer in Nunavut and Ontario. Past President of the Ontario Bar Association, he has taught law school in Canada and the United States for nearly twenty years. James is a past Liberal candidate for Parliament.

Justices of the Peace Deserve Better

The busiest judges in Ontario are the least appreciated. About 54 per cent of cases in Ontario -- around 300,000 in the last year for which figures are available -- are criminal cases heard by the On...
06/04/2013 02:37 EDT
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New Anti-Terrorist Laws Would Put Canadians' Liberties at Risk

Monday's announcement that the RCMP broke an apparent terrorist ring set to derail a VIA passenger train is good news. It shows that Canada's existing terrorism laws work. What the announcement does not show is the need for draconian new laws. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says Canada needs tougher anti-terrorism laws -- laws which his government has put before Parliament. Canadians are being asked to give up liberty for a terrorist threat that seems to be in hand.
04/23/2013 08:07 EDT

Why People Charged With Crimes Deserve Bail

A dreadful murder in Toronto where the suspect was on bail has, once again, led to media outrage. Calls to restrict or even prohibit bail have been made. What is striking about the media outrage is how ill-informed the response seems to be about bail itself.
01/31/2013 12:32 EST
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Nunavut's New Jail Is No Club Fed

Another jail opened in Nunavut last week. It is long overdue -- the existing facility in Iqaluit, Baffin Correctional Centre is, as Justice Mahar of the Nunavut Court of Justice recently said, "notoriously over crowded and under resourced." And yet a rather bland factual news story about the opening of the new prison in Rankin was met with a flood of angry comments about over pampered prisoners, club fed hotels and similar complaints.
01/17/2013 05:08 EST
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What is the Strategy Behind Idle No More?

If the million or so aboriginal Canadians together realized their joint power, they could change Canada into a totally different society. And there are indications that a strategy is there. Idle No More need not be a confrontational force -- it can be the catalyst to bring about real justice and fairness for all the nations of Canada.
01/10/2013 05:06 EST

Why Rob Ford's Appeal Will Fail

Alan Lenczner, Mayor Ford's defence attorney, is a damn good lawyer -- arguably the best litigator around. And he did a bang-up job in court on Monday during Rob Ford's appeal hearing in downtown Toronto. His argument is a legitimate one -- but his argument won't work. That's because it is a policy argument and not a legal argument. Appeal Courts, in general, are not there to reconsider facts -- just law. The appeal will fail.
01/07/2013 05:33 EST