Recently proposed changes to Canada’s immigration laws allowing for automatic deportation of permanent residents, refugees and visitors sentenced to more than six months in prison, should be alarming to all Canadians, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.
April 10, 2012
The case of an elderly home invasion victim who ended up spending 75 days in jail after making a 911 call, highlights the difficulty police face when they arrive on a scene and make snap decisions to resolve disputes and “clear occurrences,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.
February 15, 2012
Counsel Harnett on the offence of careless driving, and how reading while driving may be a serious HTA offence.
August 10, 2012
Speaking on the escalating controversy surrounding Ontario’s court interpreters, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells the National Post, “A good interpreter is arguably more important than your lawyer.”
December 13, 2011
Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, City TV, CBC Radio/Metro Morning
Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett says the “extremely careful and sophisticated” conditional sentence handed to his client for his part in smashing windows during the G20 summit, may not be available for judges to mete out after the omnibus crime bill passes and brings “American style” justice to Canada.
September 28, 2011
Globe and Mail
Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett weighs in with the Globe and Mail on city hall’s proposed service cuts.
September 17, 2011
Eleven years after Canada’s pot prohibitions were struck down, medical marijuana regulations have been spinning in a “vicious circle,” says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.
November 16, 2010 - International travellers are getting tripped up by the CBSA's cross-border currency reporting rules
"The lawyer for a recently convicted child killer who was found dead in his cell last week is raising questions over the level of supervision of his client at an Ontario prison....Just 48 hours before he was found dead, Manion received a life sentence for second-degree murder with no possibility of parole for 10 years in Katherine May Wilson's 1970 disappearance in Kirkland Lake...Aaron Harnett, who represented Manion in court, told CBC News on Monday he was concerned Manion may have been ignored by jail staff after he started serving his life sentence....He said his client should have been placed under increased surveillance."
CBC News Staff, March 16, 2009
"This one had a ring of truth beyond anything I've encountered in ten years... You know absolutely that you're defending people who have been wrongly charged, and abused by the system, abused by a couple of different systems."
CTV News Staff, November 14, 2002
The Toronto Star
Manion's lawyer, Aaron Harnett, said it was too early to comment about the case, but said the arrest has been hard on the Manion family..."The family feels like a bomb has been blown up underneath them and they love their father and they're very supportive," he said."
Robin Doolittle, January 9, 2009
The National Post
"...the case has centred on the two perpetrators -- and perpetrators they are, having acknowledged from the get-go they are responsible for the killing, though their lawyers argue it was manslaughter. Much of the evidence called by prosecutor John McMahon has cut both ways, simultaneously serving his contention that this was a cold-blooded case of second-degree murder and the defence lawyers' view that it was not, that it was a crime born of despair, intoxication and a profound absence of intention."
Christie Blatchford, November 2, 1999
"Ms. Cece's diary, found near the crime scene in the women's abandoned bags and introduced into evidence yesterday, may hold a clue...Her lawyers seemed not unhappy at the diary becoming evidence; after all, Ms. Cece's scribblings arguably show her, in the days just before the killing, as they maintain she was -- drug-addled, depressed beyond bearing, longing for a real home in the country and pets and peace, talking of suicide (she referred to overdosing on "heroine") and reasonably articulate."
Christie Blatchford, October 29, 1999