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Ghomeshi case put justice system on trial: Harnett

Article originally published on March 23, 2016 by Advocate Daily. As Ontario Court Justice William Horkins is set to deliver his ruling on five charges against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells that for many, the outcome of…

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Lowering the standard of proof a dangerous proposition: Harnett

Article originally published on February 15, 2016 by Advocate Daily. Although the Jian Ghomeshi trial sparked calls from some women's rights advocates and legal experts for changes to the way the justice system handles sexual assaults, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett disagrees…

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Proposed anti-terrorism measures ‘alarming’ and ‘concerning’

Article originally published on April 16, 2015 by Advocate Daily. Canadians should be alarmed by the expanded powers given to law-enforcement agencies in the Conservative government’s proposed new anti-terrorism measures, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.  “This is a piece of…

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Right to life not the same as a duty to live: Harnett

Article originally published on February 6, 2015 by Advocate Daily. The Supreme Court of Canada’s historic ruling to strike down the ban on physician-assisted death is an enormously important decision that will have sweeping implications, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.…

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Harnett warns of scam targeting lawyers

Article originally published on November 12, 2014 by Advocate Daily. Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett is warning about an international scam that targets Ontario lawyers. WATCH VIDEO He says it typically begins when a lawyer receives an email from someone who claims to…

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Magnotta trial will come down to accused’s state of mind

Article originally published on September 29, 2014 by Advocate Daily. Luka Rocco Magnotta's lawyer says his client is not criminally responsible in the slaying of Chinese student Jun Lin and that he is schizophrenic. Luc Leclair told the jurors at…

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Harnett: use of force recommendations “fantastic”

Article originally published on July 24, 2014 by Advocate Daily. A report by a former Supreme Court of Canada justice into the use of lethal force by Toronto police has made 84 sweeping recommendations which, if implemented, would mean far…

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Looser pot laws may be on horizon, Justice Minister hints

Article originally published on March 5, 2014 by Advocate Daily. Justice Minister Peter MacKay says draft legislation that would loosen federal marijuana laws is under “serious consideration.” MacKay says the Conservatives are looking at whether to allow police officers to…

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