March 2021

Weird and Wacky Wednesday: Volume 146

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we find out what happens when a wanted mobster tries to start a YouTube cooking channel. Then, we look at an alleged thief’s strange choice of getaway vehicle. Finally, we have a case of a suspected car thief’s poor choice of transportation for going to court.

Follow the jump to learn more about the weird and wacky legal cases that made the cut this week.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 145

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a cheerleading torturer who seems like something out of a movie. Then, we examine how not one but three drunk drivers can all cause the same accident. Finally, we look at alternative uses for pickles.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

Kyla on CTV News: Teachers, first responders pleased with B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout plans while others feel left behind

After hearing the news that essential workers would be prioritized in the next phase of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, many in the selected industries said they were pleased with the plan, while others expressed they felt left behind.

On Thursday, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced employees like first responders, educational staff, postal workers, grocery store workers and bylaw officers will be next in line to receive an AstraZeneca shot. Appointments for those doses are expected to begin in April.

Kyla Lee, a criminal lawyer in Vancouver, said she was disappointed that court staff, defence counsel and Crown counsel weren’t included in the most recent priority list either.

“Our professions have put us at risk for months,” Lee wrote on Twitter. “Court proceedings are integral to our democracy and cannot all be done remotely or with distancing.”

Read the full story here.

Kyla Lee in The Standard: Meng Wanzhou, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig: Here’s how we got here and what’s likely to happen next

The fate of two Canadian men facing trial in China is now, for all intents and purposes, up to U.S. President Joe Biden to decide, experts say.

China’s announcement this week that it will have snap trials for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, imprisoned since December 2018, is a political move to pressure Washington to withdraw its extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Kyla Lee, a defence lawyer practicing in Vancouver, told the Star that even if these arguments prove unsuccessful, the process could still take years.

With Meng’s resources, she can easily afford to appeal the decisions and fight this all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The abuse of process angle is an important one. In my experience, the training and implementation of Charter rights by border officials is not up to the standard that it should be, and this case because of its profile could inform massive changes in that procedure,” Lee said.

“That being said, the standard to prove that (Meng’s treatment) amounted to an abuse of process is very high. The defence will essentially have to show that this was deliberate conduct, and not simply some ignorance of Charter obligations by the police.”

Read the full story here.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 144

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a traffic court appearance that was just a little more unusual than they normally are. Next, we examine why perhaps educating women to defend themselves at a young age can backfire. Finally, we consider the circumstances that led to 50-60 Minnesota residents losing their internet access.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

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