With twists and turns galore, as well as an unvarnished glimpse of Canada's brutal prison system, McEwen's book is a compelling must-read for anyone who still believes justice should be blind, and that it is better that 10 guilty men go free than to have one innocent man suffer.
Georgialee Lang BA JD is a Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator who writes at Lawdiva.wordpress.com. She is a regular media commentator and is listed in “Best Lawyers in Canada” and “Lexpert”. Her website is georgialeelang.com.
Speaking of emails, most lawyers spend a lot of time reading lengthy email missives from their clients, and also multiple strings of nasty emails between client and his or her spouse, many of which will be producible for court. Hard to predict in advance whether you'll need to read a hundred emails or several thousand.
08/14/2014 13:31 EDT
The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.
07/08/2014 08:39 EDT
Lawyers arguing against the motion could not match the often inflammatory rhetoric of their impassioned colleagues. These lawyers argued the law. They reminded the members that B.C's Human Rights Code specifically exempts religious groups. They confirmed that Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not apply to a private educational institution.
06/13/2014 08:36 EDT
Saskatchewan Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott's indefatigable efforts to introduce shared parenting into Canada's Divorce Act has been an exercise in futility, its defeat yesterday an event that is no surprise to its advocates. What ought to be paramount is a cultural switch that emphasizes that children need both parents in their lives, and that, in and of itself, is in a child's best interests, despite society's increasingly male-absent procreation and child-rearing agendas. Outdated research that celebrates maternal preferences is no longer valid, but try telling that to Canada's lawmakers.
05/30/2014 09:04 EDT
Imprisoned Warren Jeffs who ruled a polygamous sect in Creston, B.C., called Bountiful, may be losing his hold on power. At Bountiful, both fathers and mothers who have been banished by Jeffs or taken the brave step of leaving voluntarily, are fighting back, trying to regain control of their lives, and more importantly, taking steps to rescue their children, who are suffering terribly.
09/10/2012 08:34 EDT
Telling your spouse you want a divorce is always a difficult moment. Many men and women simply don't have the guts to say
12/22/2011 01:34 EST
Why do clients of divorce lawyers change lawyers so frequently? It's because they are caught in an emotional vortex, facing the unknown and dreading the journey. However, there are legitimate reasons to fire your divorce lawyer.
10/04/2011 07:51 EDT
Parents who fight over child custody and access bring out the worst in themselves and often poison their children along the
09/28/2011 03:57 EDT
Amicable divorces remain that way until a husband begins a serious relationship with a new lady. One of the easiest ways to have your divorce come "off the rails" is to flaunt a new paramour before your wife is emotionally ready, which in some cases is never.
09/13/2011 11:33 EDT
It should come as no surprise to anyone that many Canadians cannot afford a lawyer. In fact, lawyers often joke that if they had to pay a lawyer, they too couldn't afford it. Nowhere is this dilemma more obvious than in family courts.
09/09/2011 05:00 EDT
Will there be a grassroots movement in Canada to rethink spousal support in light of the reforms south of the border? I think it's inevitable.
08/22/2011 03:19 EDT
Collaborative divorce sounds wonderful and for some separating couples it is effective. Whether it can be said to be less expensive is another issue.
07/20/2011 01:59 EDT
Hal Neumann had a great life until Canada Revenue Agency investigators showed up at his home one morning with two police officers and a search warrant. He was awarded damages of $1.3 million in an extaordinary verdict that was later overturned. Why?
07/19/2011 09:17 EDT
It was announced on Thursday that Madam Justice Lori Douglas, referred to as Canada's "bondage judge," will face a public
07/07/2011 03:35 EDT
While anonymity may suit parents and donor, the evidence showed that these children suffer significant psychological and psychosocial difficulties brought on by health concerns, the lack of personal identity, and a sense of loss and incompleteness.
07/01/2011 06:15 EDT
Our legal system does neither parent any favours. With lawyer's fees in the tens of thousands of dollars, many Canadians wander alone into family court like sheep to the slaughter. My solution? Take family law out of court.
06/29/2011 09:02 EDT
There is a palpable sense of embarrassment as downtown workers return to the scene of the crime, where the aftermath of last night's riot is evident. The question on everyone's lips is "How could this happen?" The Canucks deserved better than this.
06/16/2011 11:32 EDT
Cutbacks in sheriff services continues unabated with the layoff of 34 more sheriffs this month and a growing concern that U.S.-style courtroom violence may be an unintended consequence.
06/16/2011 09:35 EDT
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