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June 27, 2013

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling dismissing an application to give lawyers and paralegals equal rights in court ensures long-established courtroom decorum will remain intact, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.

May 30, 2013

An oversupply of new counsel combined with falling demand has the making of a cautionary tale for the criminal law bar, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett writes in Lawyers Weekly.

May 6, 2013

When an audience watches televised trial coverage for entertainment, its view of the proceedings will likely be skewed, Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett says in the Toronto Star.

April 26, 2013

Online “hacktivist” groups like Anonymous create more issues than they solve by getting involved in criminal cases, says Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.

March 7, 2013

A recent ruling from Canada’s top court has made it clear that immigration consequences attached to a particular sentence can be taken into account by the sentencing judge – a decision welcomed by Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett.


January 5, 2013

The Supreme Court of Canada’s judgment released today in R. v. Ryan tried to un-muddy some spectacularly murky water concerning the applicability of the defence of duress. The history of this case through the courts was an object lesson in what can happen when an area of the law becomes so convoluted and confusing that it becomes unintelligible and impossible to apply, and what happens when the desire to give mercy overrides the  strict application of the law.


November 9, 2012

The stage is being set for a clash between the U.S. federal government of the state governments of Colorado and Washington.


October 25, 2012

Employers who allow any personal use of company computers will virtually guarantee an expectation of privacy by the employee in the personal data they generate on that computer.


August 15, 2012

When Mayor Rob Ford was captured on camera reading while driving down the highway, most motorists considered that extremely dangerous and selfish. For the same reason that we recognize the merit of not driving while fiddling with your cell phone, we would never want to be a fellow user of the road (or sidewalk!) with a driver who is deep in the text of document while he motors along.

June 21, 2012

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.


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