September 14th, 2018

Conviction Overturned, Other Reasonable Inferences As To Possession Of Drugs In Car – R v Bjornson, 2018 Alberta Court Of Appeal

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Appeal from conviction for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking. Appellant was arrested after a vehicle stop when police discovered that the vehicle he was driving was unregistered and had a stolen licence plate. Police found drugs and paraphernalia in a sunglass case inside the cupholder following a vehicle search. Issues on appeal … Read More.

March 12th, 2018

R v Flynn, 2018 Alberta Court Of Appeal – Misapprehension Of Evidence Results In New Trial

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Appellant appealed conviction for convenience store robbery. Issue at trial of whether identification evidence was sufficient to convict appellant. In finding that it was, the trial judge misapprehended evidence of an important witness. Crown conceded that verdict of guilt could not stand in those circumstances. Defence sought an acquittal rather than a new trial, arguing … Read More.

November 8th, 2017

R v Farnsworth, 2017 Alberta (Edmonton) Court Of Appeal – Possession Of Vehicle By Fraud & Unreasonable Verdict

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Appellant was convicted under s 355(a) CC of possessing a vehicle obtained by fraud. At trial, accused admitted through agreed statement of facts that he was in possession of the vehicle and keys twelve days after the vehicle had been fraudulently acquired from a car rental agency by a third party. Trial judge applied the … Read More.

November 3rd, 2016

R v Sidhu, 2016 ABCA 321 per Watson, Bielby, Schutz, JA – T. Judge: Little, J:

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Appeal from drug trafficking conviction. Accused (a lawyer) caught bringing drugs into the Remand Centre. Issue at trial was proof of knowledge as to what was inside the envelope handed to the inmate. Accused did not testify. Unreasonable verdict appeal. Held: Appeal dismissed. Defence alleged a sloppy and incomplete police investigation. As per Spackman, 2012 … Read More.