Thursday, March 21, 2019

How a killer sex attacker deemed an eternal threat got parole

When violent rapist William Shrubsall received a rare indeterminate prison sentence in 2001, a Nova Scotia judge ruled that if he ever regained his freedom, the likely result would be more dead, injured and psychologically scarred women. (Vancouver Sun)

Military witness in the Mark Norman case needs protection – that tells you a lot about National Defence HQ

OTTAWA - In December the court heard a bombshell that appears to give that theory some legs. One witness called by Norman’s lawyers to testify revealed that his superior officer, a brigadier general, told him that Norman’s name was deliberately not used in internal Department of National Defence files — meaning any search for records under the Access to Information law about Norman would come up empty. (Ottawa Citizen)

US judge rules authorities can’t force people to unlock technology

A judge in California ruled Thursday that U.S. authorities cannot force people to unlock technology via fingerprint or facial recognition, even with a search warrant. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, made the ruling as investigators tried to access someone's property in Oakland. (Fox News)

Jury strips Mongols of gang logo

LOS ANGELES - A Cal­ifornia jury decided Fri­day that the Mongols mo­tor­cycle gang should be stripped of its trademarked logo in a first-of-its-kind ver­dict, federal prosecutors said.(Antelope Valley Press)

‘Spontaneous kiss’: Convicted VPD detective appeals sentence

VANCOUVER - A lawyer for former Vancouver police Det. Jim Fisher has objected to a judge handing the veteran cop eight months in jail for a single “spontaneous” kiss of a vulnerable crime victim. (The Province)

Driver pleads guilty to 29 counts in Humboldt Broncos crash case

MELFORT, Sask. - Scott Thomas was sitting nearby in the courtroom Tuesday when a truck driver pleaded guilty to every charge against him in a highway crash that killed 16 people on a junior hockey bus and left 13 players forever scarred by the disaster. (CTV News)

Man acquitted after brawl outside Vancouver strip club

A Vancouver man has been acquitted of aggravated assault after striking two people with a metal post outside a downtown strip club last year. (Vancouver Sun)

UN gang hitman sentenced to two life terms for deadly violence

VANCOUVER - United Nations gang hitman Cory Vallee was handed two life sentences Friday for conspiracy to kill rivals in the Red Scorpion gang, as well as the deadly shooting of Kevin LeClair in a Langley parking lot almost a decade ago. (Vancouver Sun)

Vice-Admiral Norman’s trial offers glimpse into cutthroat Ottawa politics

Ottawa — to borrow a phrase from Dickens — is sometimes a city of cutthroats in fine linen. Arguments in court today over the relevance of federal documents to the criminal case against the military's former second-in-command offered another reminder of that. (CBC)
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