Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Forcillo’s lawyer arguing for special treatment. Why? Because he’s a cop

Lawyers, in their raptures of indignation and flourishes of mind-numbing legalese, can ask for the moon.

Thing is, when the client’s a police officer, they usually get it. The moon and sixpence.
From juries, which are averse to convicting cops, and from judges, who are part of a shared law enforcement culture.

Fact: Of the 11 Ontario officers charged with murder or manslaughter since the inception of the Special Investigations Unit a quarter-century ago, not one has been convicted.

You’d have to be a really lousy lawyer or defending a particularly odious accused to lose a case in this province.  (more...)

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