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R. v. Graham: Ontario Court of Appeal Explains Protocol for Appeal Alleging Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

In its July 29, 2014 decision in R. v. Graham, the Ontario Court of Appeal (Cronk, Watt and van Rensburg JJ.A.) comprehensively considered how to approach a criminal appeal alleging ineffective assistance of trial counsel. In...more

Defendant Appeals 2013 Conviction of 1950s Murder

An appeal was recently filed in the murder case involving victim Maria Ridulph. John Daniel McCollough was convicted in 2012 of the 1957 slaying, making it one of the oldest cold cases ever prosecuted. An Illinois appeals...more

White Collar Criminal Defense Update: Third Circuit Court of Appeals Discusses “Willful Blindness” Jury Instruction and Burden...

On April 30, 2014, the Philadelphia based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued its precedential opinion in United States v. Tai, ___ F.3d ___, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8129 (3d Cir. April 30, 2014), here. A copy of...more

R. v. Smickle: Staying Execution of Sentence when Allowing Appeal Would Re-Incarcerate Accused

Sometimes, the result of allowing a sentence appeal would be the re-incarceration of the respondent. Should an appellate court consider the harsh effects that such a result would inflict upon the respondent in deciding how to...more

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