Dennis Oland, who was convicted for the second-degree murder back in 2011, sat with calm expression on his face as his bail release for appeal for the crime got denied by the judge.
American readers may be surprised by this decision, but crown takes its law very strictly. In fact there hasn’t been a granted bail for convicted murderer In New Brunswick. And on the soil of Canada only 21 bails was granted for convicted murderers, and all of those cases had some special reasons for bail.
The defense provided a 65-page essay that confirmed that Mr. Oland fulfilled all requirements for bail, but apart from regular requirements which he passed; judge decided that the bail is denied because releasing him would send wrong message about the court to the public. This means that the confidence of people in the high ranking members of court may be undermined by the release of Mr. Oland.
Mr. Oland has a support of his family on his side and they believe that he was wrongfully convicted and that the appeal will bring justice and release of Mr. Oland. Family and Oland’s lawyer demanded that the impact on the community that Oland’s release should be determined by the community and not by judge. In support of this statement they have provided several letters of support for Mr. Oland that came from different sides and in which people demanded the approval of the bail for him.
Court has refused to deal with it, and the spokesman of the court said that the next hearing of Mr. Oland will be through his appeal.
One San Diego Criminal defense lawyer said that this isn’t anything surprising. If you look in the history you will find that the law is strict when it is concerned with convicted murderers, and obviously that works which is a reason it shouldn’t change was a context of everything this lawyer said about this case.read more
M r. Samuel Devlin was charged with possession of explosive substance that was found in his hotel room. In 20124 he was found innocent on the charge of unlawful possession of the explosive substance (in that case it was PETN).
In a case for which he filed an appeal and requested the inadmissibility of evidence it was done for detonating cord and his DNA. His DNA was taken by garda and two samples of detonating cord were found, one in his apartment and second one in a bag he threw to the dumpster. There was surveillance on him and an officer saw him go out of the back of the hotel on a bicycle and the bag in question was with him. Officer followed him and after MR. Devlin threw the bag, he retrieved it.
Demand for determination of admissibility of evidence was done voir dire which means out of the courtroom in private. Defending lawyer stated that DNA should be out of evidence because the garda didn’t inform Mr. Devlin that the DNA he provided might be used against him in the court. Judge determined that Mr. Devlin complied with the request to provide his DNA.
When defending lawyer came to the case of detonating cord he demanded that it must be erased from evidence list because it was already destroyed. It was indeed destroyed by a member of Irish army due to safety measures. But a sample of that cord was saved for evidence and including the testimony of Det. Barry the request was denied and the judge determined that all those things are still part of the evidence.
This might be just a case of a man who likes playing with explosives, but it also can be a case of terrorism, so court has to make sure to unravel as much evidence as they can.read more
Once Steven Lloyd Currie faces court it will be a closure of a RCMP undercover operation that has been going since 2012. This operation resulted in conviction of seven out of eight people that were involved. There was also a ninth person who is has arrest warrant on his back.
Four out of five street level couriers were sentenced for different, but similar conditional sentences that include house arrest and probation terms. They were charged for drug trafficking for which they pleaded guilty.
Richard Crawford, a leader of this cocaine ring was sentenced for five years behind bars and Jean-Claude Auger, who was a cocaine wholesaler received four years long sentence.
Defense lawyer who represents Mr. Currie first stated that his client should walk free, but he later changed his statement saying that his client should get conditional sentence because he had no previous criminal record. John Walker, prosecutor in this case recommended a sentence of four years behind the bars.
Defense lawyer also stated that his client wasn’t directly involved in the trafficking, but when it came to the court his client pleaded guilty for conspiracy to traffic cocaine on one charge only.
The involvement of Mr. Currie in the drug trafficking can be clearly seen in evidence from intercepted phone calls and messages that occurred between Mr. Currie and other offenders.
Wiretapping began in 2012, with the judicial approval that allowed the police to wiretap the phones used by Crawford and Curries, and later dial-a-dope line used by their drivers. Curries car, BMW, was tracked as well.
Tapes show the level of involvement of all offenders. From those tapes it can be seen that the main job of Carrie, who is called manager of cocaine ring, was to ensure steady flow of drug and money. He was a man that served as a link between Crawford and drivers. His job was to ensure that his drivers have product, and at the end of the day to collect money from them.
Long Island Criminal defense attorney said that there is small chance for Currie to end up behind bars because the crime occurred before the new strict law was brought to power.