June 3rd, 2019 Update


One Year Sentenced Changed To House Arrest On Appeal On Careless Use Of Firearm – R v Bergh, Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Defence appeal from one-year jail sentence imposed for s 86(1) CC offence. Gun was discharged, causing serious injuries, during sex between appellant & complainant as he was running it along her side, back and buttocks. Neither party knew it was loaded. Both were using intoxicants. Appellant argued sentencing judge erred in overemphasizing dated criminal record … Read More.

Additional Enhanced Credit For Time Served Denied – R v Adams, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Defence appeal from sentence of 6 years and 3 months’ jail for distribution of child pornography, luring, criminal harassment, sexual interference, and uttering threats. Appellant argued sentencing judge’s credit of the equivalent of 3.6:1 for time spent in remand did not factor in lengthy placement in lockdown for 21-23 hours/day arising from administrative segregation, protective … Read More.

Guilty Plea Struck Down Due To Bad Legal Advice – R v Del Corro, Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Appellant pled guilty to s 5(2) (cocaine) and s 4(1) (oxycodone) CDSA offences. Trial Judge found breaches of Charter ss 8 and 9 but declined to exclude evidence under 24(2). Appellant pled guilty following that voir dire decision, in part because defence counsel at trial told him he could still appeal the conviction on the … Read More.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence For Sexual Interference Struck Down – R v Ford, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Accused convicted of sexual interference after trial and sentenced to 6 months jail plus 3 years probation, after the trial judge struck down the mandatory minimum sentence for s 151(a) CC. Crown appealed. The 20-year-old accused communicated with the 13-year-old complainant on Facebook for a couple months, then had sex with her in a public … Read More.

January 28th, 2019 Update


Trial fairness prejudiced by Judge’s constant intervention of cross-examination – R. v Quintero-Gelvez, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Defence appeal from conviction at trial of sexual assault. Issue on appeal of whether the trial judge’s numerous interjections during cross-examination of the complainant impeded the accused’s right to make full answer and defence. Held: Appeal allowed; new trial. Schmaltz, 2015 ABCA 4 followed. “A review of the transcript of the cross-examination of the complainant … Read More.

Adjournment denied for s. 276 application does not affect fairness to trial conviction – R. v Kulasingam, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Defence appeal from dismissal of summary conviction appeal. Accused was convicted of sexual assault and unlawful confinement. Issue on appeal of whether “the trial judge’s refusal to grant an adjournment to allow the appellant’s trial counsel to correct his procedural error [failure to bring a s. 276 application] resulted in an unfair trial”, or the … Read More.

5 years 18.5 months prison on plea of guilty to criminal negligence causing death of infant – R. v Calahoo, 2019 Edmonton Queen’s Bench

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Sentencing of accused who pleaded guilty to criminal negligence causing the death of a two-monthold baby to whom he was a caregiver. One night, woken by the infant’s crying, he shook her, causing severe brain injury. The child was taken to hospital the next day, and eventually died after being taken off life support. Accused … Read More.

Prison knife kept for protection dangerous, not just defensive. Conviction upheld – R. v McCargar, 2019 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Appeal from conviction for possession of a weapon for a purpose dangerous to the public peace. Appellant was a serving prisoner found in possession of a plastic knife with razor blades. At trial, the appellant testified that he kept it for his own protection. Issue on appeal as to whether the trial judge erred in … Read More.

Trial delay caused by choice of counsel – R. v. Jeha, 2019 Calgary Queen’s Bench

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Defence application for a stay based on a s. 11(b) Charter breach. Two accused were charged with multiple trafficking, firearms and criminal organization offences. Held: No s. 11(b) violations. Following Albinowski, 2018 ONCA 1084 and Mullen, 2018 ABQB 831, there is a “nearly bright line rule ascribing any unavailability of defence counsel as defence delay.” … Read More.

Drunkenness rebuts mental element for B/E charge, conviction on lesser offences – R. v. Smid, 2019 Edmonton Queen’s Bench

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Trial on charges of obstruction and breaking and entering a dwellinghouse with intent to commit an indictable offence. Issue of whether intoxication rebutted the presumption of intent in s. 348(2)(b) CC, and if so, whether the accused should be convicted of mischief. Held: Acquitted of break & enter; convicted of mischief, obstruction. Court found that … Read More.