Viewing entries posted in July 2016

Calgary Police and Assault: Making Sense of Calgary's Crime News: Part 2

Posted by Susan Karpa on 26 July 2016

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In Part 1 of this article, we examined two incidents involving the Calgary Police in which video shot by witnesses has led to accusations of police brutality/abuse of power and even calls for criminal assault charges against the officers involved. The police have made an initial assertion in both instances that the use of force was justified, though both incidents are being investigated to determine if the actions taken by the Calgary Police officers were indeed warranted.

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Calgary Police and Assault: Making Sense of Calgary's Crime News: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 19 July 2016

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Two recent incidents involving the Calgary Police have been causing controversy and concern amongst Calgary's citizens. While it would not be prudent for any legal professional in Calgary—a Crown prosecutor, a judge, or a criminal defence lawyer such as myself—to comment on the legal particulars of the two specific incidents themselves, they do raise issues of general concern to Calgary's society at large and its law enforcement and criminal justice system specifically.

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The Issue of Consent in Calgary Sexual and Non-Sexual Assault Cases: Part 1

Posted by Susan Karpa on 11 July 2016

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No criminal defence case is simple. Though the law often seems straightforward from the outside looking in, any criminal defence lawyer in Calgary can tell you that this is far from the case. The unique circumstances surrounding every criminal charge demands each case and every single person accused of a crime deserves independent attention and analysis, and a defence strategy designed specifically to suit their best interests.

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The ABCs of BAC in Calgary Impaired Driving Cases

Posted by Susan Karpa on 4 July 2016

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There have been several news stories of late regarding BAC measuring devices known as breathalyzers, including a prominent story that concerned some overturned impaired driving convictions or dismissed DUI cases as a result of improper maintenance records. Because these stories have caused something of a stir here in Calgary, this defence lawyer thought she'd speak up with some quick facts.

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Prevention is Better Than Defence: The Real Solution to Calgary Gangs

Posted by Susan Karpa on 1 July 2016

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The Calgary press, and to a large degree the Calgary Police, seem obsessed with the concept of "gangs." There's no doubt that Calgary suffered from a gang problem in the past, and no question that Calgary is better off since the gang violence of the early 2000s has past. But Calgary does not currently suffer a true gang problem, no matter what the police and press say.

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