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May 23, 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.

March 19, 2012

Toronto criminal lawyer Aaron Harnett tells Law Times that legal aid block fee rates are too low. “It’s a terrible place for a criminal lawyer to make a living,” says Toronto lawyer Aaron Harnett of the legal aid system. “Many years ago, I made a conscious effort to build my practice in the direction of a cash practice rather than a legal aid practice.”

December 13, 2011

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.”

November 2, 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.

September 29, 2011

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.



April 27, 2011

Harnett, who was counsel to Terry Parker in the landmark 1997 and 2000 rulings striking down the marijuana laws, says he’s “confident the Crown will lose the appeal, but hopefully this will get us on the road to deciding the issue once and for all.”


November 16, 2010

International travelers are getting tripped up by the CBSA’s cross-border currency reporting rules.

March 16, 2009

“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.”

January 9, 2009

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.”

July 1, 2002

“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.”

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