Teen Charged with Assault After Police Chase

Ottawa- A 19-year old has been charged after a reported assault ended with a police chase and car crash in Blackburn Hamlet on Thursday, May 28th, 2009.

Police responded to a report about an assault at around 10:25 p.m. A 55-year-old man had been taken to hospital with serious injuries. He has since been released.

After arriving at the home, police were informed that the suspect had left in a white Pontiac.

Police pursued the vehicle and the driver eventually lost control. The car jumped the curb and crashed into another vehicle and a garage.

The 19-year-old driver was taken to hospital and released the next day.

The driver and the assault victim knew each other, however police have not revealed the nature of their relationship.

The driver had been charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of taking a motor vehicle without consent. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 15th.

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Fake Paralegal Prevented From Helping Client

A man who was allegedly drumming up legal business by posing as a paralegal was barred from the Ottawa courthouse on Thursday, May 28th, 2009.

The man, who was recently convicted of fraud in Gatineau, appeared in the prisoner’s dock in Ottawa court to explain why he should continue representing his client, an Ottawa man who has been accused of drunk driving.

The client had been having difficulty contacting his legal representative and learned for the first time on Thursday that his attorney has been sentenced to 15 months in Gatineau jail.. He immediately fired his representative.

The judge said the attorney was not at all qualified to represent defendants in an Ontario court. Based on expert advice from a court interpreter, the judge also rejected the man’s claim that the word “EXCRIM” – which was written on his business card – means “to assist” in Swahili.  The word does not even exist in Swahili.

All of the attorney’s previous involvement in the case has been stricken from the record. This will also prevent him from representing others after he leaves jail.

Spike Belt Used To Stop Driver Doing 170 Km/h

A man is facing a variety of charges after a high-speed police chase in and around Peterborough on Sunday, May 17th, 2009.

Ontario Provincial Police saw a minivan going 111 km/h early that morning. They attempted to stop the vehicle however it allegedly sped up to 150 km/h and eluded them.

Police say they then chased the van after seeing it speed through Peterborough at more than 170 km/h.

A spike belt was laid on the road which flattened one of the tires so that police could stop the van, which still continued trying to escape despite the damage.

The driver, a 27-year-old male, faces numerous charges including: impaired driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and flight from police.

He appeared in court on Monday for a bail hearing.

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Judge Allows Twitter and Blog Updates From Inside Courtroom

The Canadian justice system is doing its part to keep up with the constantly changing technology world. The latest example – a judge recently decided to allow live blogging and Twitter updates from the Larry O’Brien trial.

Several media outlets had applied to use laptops and handheld devices to send information from the courtroom.

The judge stated that the decision applies specifically to this trial, and had there been a jury to consider the decision may have been different. However the ruling has set a precedent. It may show other judges that it’s possible to allow these sorts of “real-time” updates without undermining the course of justice.

The judge acknowledged that this may affect his ability to control the information that is provided to citizens. If an issue arose that wasn’t intended to be made public, it might be put on the Internet before the judge could stop it.

Although the judge ruled in favour of Twitter, he ruled against a CBC application that would allow cameras to be brought into the courtroom.

Ottawa Woman Charged With Multiple Offences

A 38-year-old Ottawa woman has been charged by the Ottawa Police Service with several fraud related offences connected to a fraudulent investment scheme.

The Ottawa Police Service Organized Fraud unit began an investigation in October 2008 in relation to numerous complaints from investors regarding a fraudulent investment scheme. The suspect was discovered to be operating a scheme that landed her approximately 1.6 million dollars from more than 20 investors.

The woman has been charged with 11 counts of fraud over $5,000, 16 counts of forgery, one count of money laundering and multiple counts of other fraud-related charges.

She will appear in court on May 20th, 2009.

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Apology Act Introduced In The Provincial Legislature

The Apology Act was introduced in the provincial legislature on Thursday, April 23rd, 2009. The purpose of the act is to encourage more people to offer sincere regrets for their mistakes.

It was said the law must be changed  to allow everyone (including doctors, nurses and police) to offer apologies for their errors without having to worry about their statements being used against them in civil court.

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia already have similar laws in effect. These laws have helped bring people together to resolve conflict, as well as lowered costs by eliminating the need for some court fights.

The law will apply to everyone in Ontario, however it will hold special significance for health care, where professionals are usually advised not to apologize for medical errors since it could be later used against them in civil court.

Click here for further details on the Apology Act.

Criminal Defence Lawyer Fails To Watch Client’s Video Interview In Sex Assault Case

A criminal defence lawyer’s failure to review her client’s video interview with police and recorded statements of witnesses led to a mistrial in a Halifax sexual assault case last week.

The man on trial was charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, two counts of uttering threats and one of obstructing justice, however last month the Crown dropped the threats charges.

At trial, the Crown attorney raised concerns the defence lawyer had not looked at a video of Halifax Regional Police interviewing the man. The lawyer said on the record that she had in fact not watched the video.

She had also sent out an e-mail to the Crown attorney saying her client had admitted to one element of the offence, a statement her client contradicted when he took the stand.

Another defence lawyer was asked to review the issue and provide an opinion. It was agreed the client could no longer be represented by his lawyer and a mistrial was requested.

In an interview the defence lawyer said the reason she did not watch the videos was because “there’s a specific program to view the DVD and I didn’t know what the program was until Monday and the trial started on Tuesday.” She added, “I had written statements…and I had met with my client I think between 15 and 20 hours. I wasn’t concerned about there being an issue.”

The client will return to Nova Scotia Supreme Court on April 23rd for a new trial with new representation.