Chad Davis murder trial: The evidence in week two

[Reblogged from the Winnipeg Free Press ‘Crime Scene’ blog, additional exhibit photos are there.] Two men on trial for a ghastly crime: The alleged first-degree murder of a handsome young Winnipeg man, Chad… Continue reading

Davis Trial: Week 1 evidence recap

[Republished without editing from the Winnipeg Free Press ‘Crime Scene‘ blog on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014] Two men on trial for a ghastly crime: The alleged first-degree murder of a handsome young Winnipeg man,… Continue reading

Brincheski/Tymchyshyn (Chad Davis) murder trial: The opening

2174 days ago, Chad Randall Davis vanished. That’s five years, 11 months and 13 days (Or more than three million minutes). And after all this time, the public is finally getting a look… Continue reading

Top 13 Manitoba justice stories of 2013

I have no editorial comment to make on what follows. I’m not the hugest fan of ‘year end’ lists. But there were a number of notable justice-related events media reported on this year… Continue reading

Making sense of Lamb’s plea bargain: a how-to

(Re-blogged and untouched from the Winnipeg Free Press) The equation is simple. No evidence = no case. No case = no conviction. So it’s curious to me to see so much angst and questioning of the… Continue reading

A ‘vicious, vicious cycle’ continues

(This post is re-blogged from the Winnipeg Free Press “Crime Scene” blog.) I have a dream about what I would do if I were to ever win the lottery or otherwise have the… Continue reading

Short Shots: (Nearly) disappearing repeat breachers

What to do with people who routinely breach their probation orders? It’s the question that loomed in the air in Provincial Court today as Judge Rocky Pollack dealt with an accused who had… Continue reading

Gladue: ‘the why’ in 156 words

It beguiles. It combozzles. It sometimes enrages. But the fact of the matter is this: It’s the law of the land that aboriginal offenders are to receive special consideration when being sentenced. (Note, please,… Continue reading

Guilt derived by ‘force,’ and the abolition of preliminary inquiries

“Progressive Conservative justice critic Reg Helwer said Swan could reduce the number of inmates on remand further by eliminating preliminary hearings and forcing more plea bargains. “Is it necessary to have a preliminary… Continue reading

Manitoba youth justice and mental health: ‘Life-altering verdict,’ or just par for the course?

There’s possibly fewer things as despairing in our youth justice system than witnessing a young future handed over to an overtaxed and overstressed mental health system to figure out. Thankfully, it happens relatively… Continue reading